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Death Sentence (2007)



Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 90

A nonsensical plot and an absurd amount of violence make this revenge pic gratuitous and overwrought.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 28

A nonsensical plot and an absurd amount of violence make this revenge pic gratuitous and overwrought.



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Part vigilante drama and part psychological thriller, the James Wan-directed Death Sentence stars Kevin Bacon as Nick Hume, a deceptively passive exec whose wife and children are attacked in a sadistic, gang-related hazing rite, and his oldest son killed. Hell-bent on cold-blooded vengeance, Hume pulls a Bronson by tagging each of the perpetrators, then tracking down and rubbing out each one, with the help of formidable, blue-steel artillery. Aisha Tyler co-stars as the homicide detective who


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Jan 8, 2008


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All Critics (114) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (90) | DVD (8)

Bacon, as usual, is very good even when he's slumming, and as a trashy B-movie redo of Death Wish the movie works well enough for a Saturday afternoon with a case of brewskies.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source:
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This graphically violent film suffers from cursorily developed characters whose primary function is to advance the creaky plot.

December 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The morality of revenge is barely at issue in a movie that pushes the plausibility of revenge right over a cliff.

September 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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It's terrible and it's so disappointing because I love Kevin Bacon and I love Aisha [Tyler] and you have good actors here who are trapped.

September 4, 2007
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The result is such a mish-mash of conflicting tones and ideas that it doesn't play well on any level.

September 1, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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. At both its best and worst, it feels like the missing third part of the faux retro double-bill Grindhouse.

August 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's a gritty, adrenaline-soaked thriller -- and if that's as deep as you care to dig, you'll be entertained. But for those who care to contemplate, it's quite a bit more.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

It's a powerful, visceral revenge flick, and Kevin Bacon does a fine acting job bringing the vigilante to life.

August 17, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A gritty and gripping revenge fantasy %u2026 Kevin Bacon's talent and persona to make us sit up and take notice

April 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Death Sentence is a laughably bad exercise in the pornography of sadism and the American appetite which voraciously consumes it.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

This Sentence is as grisly and violent as the trailer portends.

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

I really enjoyed what [it] had to offer with takes on morals, war, and the damage violence can do to people in its grasp...

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Death Sentence tries to do two things: be a stirring family drama and a balls-out gore soaked revenge flick. It achieves only one of those goals.

January 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Dread Central

Begins promisingly but ends putridly.

November 1, 2007 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

...the film's schizophrenic nature eventually proves to be its downfall...

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Don't hire Kevin Bacon for a role you wrote for Charles Bronson.

September 21, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The graininess of the film generally makes everything look as ugly as it feels. Death Sentence deserves no reprieve.

September 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Think of it as one long worship service in the Church of Vigilante Justice.

September 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

Even with its overly stylized look and cartoonish bad guys, Death Sentence is not a film that you can easily shake off.

September 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Death Sentence is a better film than many might expect and also delivers several good doses of action for fans of shoot 'em-ups.

September 10, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Exploitive and overwrought with extreme violence - one of the worst movies so far this year.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source:

The best that can be said about 'Death Sentence' is that it doesn't try to be too deep or arty.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A parking garage chase is impressive, but Wan's ultra-kitschy use of melancholy indie-pop music at moments of intense emotion transforms the movie into pure camp.

September 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The practical side, the details of the plot, run to the ridiculous and dampen the film's more prickly parts.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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Audience Reviews for Death Sentence

I don't know....It was both good and bad....but I guess mostly good. John Goodman was pretty cool
September 18, 2011
Martin Sahlin

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Death Sentence would be the worst movie of the year if it weren't for two people. The first being Kevin Bacon. He creates the character this kind of movie needs. You're everyday man with the perfect family and the perfect job. Anyone can relate to him. But when his son is killed in a random robbery by a vicious gang, he takes it upon himself to enact his own revenge plot against them. It sucks when the judicial system can't help you, but I hear crap like this on the news all the time: scumbags getting off for killing innocent people based on sheer technicality. That's why you can cheer for a guy like this in the movies. It's cathartic.
The second is director James Wan. He doesn't really try to make the horrid screenplay better. He just covers the flaws up in style, flair, and some really hilarious action pieces. The gang members of this movie really are the dumbest gang members in the world, but then again, that can be said about any street gang. While he is often in too much of a hurry to get to the next action scene, he gets the required performances out of the actors. There isn't much to care about, but I think that sort of saves the film.
This is cinematic cheese at its finest, and I'm not hear to watch a story. I want to see dumb asses get their faces blown off by Kevin Bacon and his shotgun.
April 2, 2011

Super Reviewer

Great suspenseful thriller. Pretty graphic but very entertaining.

Grade: B+
January 24, 2011

Super Reviewer

Same old vengeance stuff, only that it's done in a way bit too idiotic & worse this time around. So, if a mindless action flick with a plot that's been done to death (badly executed in this case) sounds interesting/entertaining to you, go for it.
July 1, 2010

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