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Dead Man Down Reviews

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Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects

The cast does all that they can, but, by the end, Dead Man Down plays as a confused, noble misfire.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: C+

August 11, 2014
Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine

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 Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: C

February 6, 2014
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

September 22, 2013
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 8, 2013
Bill Gibron
Film Racket

It's more American nightmare than any manner of dream.

Full Review Source: Film Racket | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 8, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 12, 2013
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

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.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show

June 4, 2013

A scatter-brained plot never quite works itself out.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 24, 2013
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 20, 2013
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace are a knockout combination, their relationship grounded on a knife's edge of destruction

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 20, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

Dead Man Down feels like two different films struggling against each other. One a brooding Euro thriller, the other a clunky Hollywood actioner. Neither really works.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 2/5

May 16, 2013
Andy Lea
Daily Star

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 Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 2/5

May 10, 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 Source: HeyUGuys | Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

May 5, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Dead Man Down is a self-consciously dark movie that's ultimately let down by JH Wyman's script.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 5, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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 Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

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 Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2013
Derek Malcolm
This is London

[Rapace] will be enough to send some to this urban thriller but the film will send them away disappointed.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2013
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy

By the time Dead Man Down descends into ultra-violence, you'll be long past caring.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2013
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com

Here's yet another preposterous action movie that's made watchable by a skilful director and an engaging cast.

Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2013
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