The Bone Collector blows its budget on helicopters, fleets of cop cars, gory effects and the charisma of Denzel Washington to bring this pointless hackwork to theaters.
Noyce resorts to desperate scare-movie cliches that will disappoint even the easily-frightened.
If you want to watch a wheelchair-bound man solve a murder, rent Rear Window.
The script by Jeremy Iacone leaves too many questions unanswered.
It's a tale that has more holes in it than a New York City junkie.
| Original Score: C-
Strictly cut-and-paste filmmaking, and it doesn't even do a respectable job at that, either.
| Original Score: 1/4
Noyce has the skill to keep the plot percolating and overcome its occasional missteps.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Denzel Washington is always a watchable actor, even when it's only his face we're watching.
| Original Score: 6/10
Denzel is great as always, but the movie around him seems to be on the slippery slope to rental hell.
| Original Score: 2/5
Entertaining but never fully engrossing.
Jolie, while always delicious to look at, is simply and woefully miscast.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The Bone Collector never comes close to the moral chill of Seven or even the step-by-step fascination generated by any number of HBO true-crime shows.
The film never really gathers suspense and tension.
There is nothing remotely believable about this drawn-out cat-and-mouse game of a movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
From the well-placed and effectively used fake-out scares to the finely oiled secondary stock characters, from the charismatic lead characters to the creepy visuals, the film hits all its marks smoothly.
Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie muster enough electricity to make The Bone Collector a watchable thriller.
Although the material is utterly conventional, the film does have a lot going for it.
The Bone Collector is gripping and Ms. Jolie, for all her tentativeness in the acting department, is pleasant on the eyes.
| Original Score: 7/10