Death Wish Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 7, 2011
Stylish exploitation vigilante thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 24, 2010
A morbid little revenge thriller...
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 6, 2009
Nixonite gorge-riser
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 27, 2009
There's an undeniable thrill when Bronson blows away some sleazy mugger.
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
July 10, 2008
We know Bronson can be a tough guy, but not so much the mild-mannered guy; he seems to be trying to split the difference the whole time

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 30, 2008
The violence is excessive and the plot predictable, although there is some style to director Winner's approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety
March 1, 2007
Poisonous incitement to do-it-yourself law enforcement is the vulgar exploitation hook on which Death Wish is awkwardly hung.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 25, 2006
A compulsively watchable bit of '70s nostalgia, a curious counterpart to Dirty Harry and an icon of New York-brand justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Winner's recourse to caricature when dealing with police and thugs, and his virtually overt sympathies with the confused, violent Bronson, make for uncritical, simplistic viewing.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
It's a despicable movie, one that raises complex questions in order to offer bigoted, frivolous, oversimplified answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
The movie has an eerie kind of fascination, even though its message is scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 19, 2004
Solid if morally suspect revenge thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5

Austin Chronicle
October 1, 2003
The movie that sealed Bronson's reputation as a tough guy.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 11, 2003
Somewhat enjoyable right-wing revenge flick.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 3, 2002
Chilling revenge pic that retains every bit of its power to disturb.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
First (and easily the best) dark adventure of vigilante Paul Kersey.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Even those who disagree with its knee-jerk vigilante ideology have a hard time denying its impact because the film digs deep and works on an almost subconscious level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kurt Dahlke
Apollo Guide
February 27, 2001
Sumptuously photographed and scored, the movie is an excellent capsule of '70s filmmaking -- thrilling, thought provoking and sending us off with a wink at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 79/100
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
A minor classic that surpasses all expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 6, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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