Dead Man Down Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014
The cast does all that they can, but, by the end, Dead Man Down plays as a confused, noble misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
It gives us no real themes to marinate upon, yet it gives us very little memorable action in which to revel. It's simply a mish-mosh and a shame.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 22, 2013
The plot and characters of pulpy revenge thriller Dead Man Down are pure B-movie stuff, yet stars Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace lend the film unexpected class and conviction.
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
July 8, 2013
While Dead Man Down has a talented cast in Farrell, Rapace, and Howard, it ends up being a rather bland take on the revenge thriller, offering nothing new or stimulating to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
July 8, 2013
It's more American nightmare than any manner of dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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David Thomson
The New Republic
June 12, 2013
Suppose Armand Assante had played the mother, not as a father, as a mother. Suppose Isabelle Huppert had taken the Colin Farrell part. This may be no more than playful, but heaven knows Dead Man Down needs as much of that as it can get.
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
June 4, 2013
Dead Man Down is Oplev demonstrating the same great cinematic sense he did with Millenium Series, and that revenge is never a straight line, it's a thorny bramble.
May 24, 2013
A scatter-brained plot never quite works itself out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 20, 2013
The plot takes a bit too long to get any traction and consequently the film feels rather long. Still, I like the fusion of Hollywood and European filmmaking sensibilities
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 20, 2013
Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace are a knockout combination, their relationship grounded on a knife's edge of destruction
Andy Lea
Daily Star
May 10, 2013
There are a couple of decent action scenes but this is just too ridiculous to be taken as seriously as it expects to be. With a slight re-edit, it could be re-released as Naked Gun 4.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 6, 2013
It's a modern-day, edgy love story at heart ... The climatic ending ... is pretty spectacular ... Though nothing new, it's beautifully realised and shot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 5, 2013
Needless to say, the whole thing builds towards a big shoot-out, but none of the action is executed with any verve or style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 5, 2013
Dead Man Down is a self-consciously dark movie that's ultimately let down by JH Wyman's script.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
May 4, 2013
As with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Oplev uses darkness to convey atmosphere despite the overt crispness of the movie's digital look. Some old-fashioned celluloid grain would have done it the world of good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
May 3, 2013
A sturdy potboiler that's directed with a European sense of space and rhythm, accepting of character flaws, and generous with time for characters to breathe and develop at their own pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 3, 2013
[Rapace] will be enough to send some to this urban thriller but the film will send them away disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
May 3, 2013
By the time Dead Man Down descends into ultra-violence, you'll be long past caring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
May 3, 2013
Here's yet another preposterous action movie that's made watchable by a skilful director and an engaging cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 3, 2013
It soon collapses into violent and boring nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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