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Desperate Measures (1997)



Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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Although he enjoyed great critical success with crime dramas and slice-of-life pictures, director Barbet Schroeder continued dabbling in the thriller genre with this action-oriented film. Andy Garcia stars as Frank Conner, a widowed San Francisco police officer whose young son Matt (Joseph Cross) is suffering from leukemia. Without a bone marrow transplant, Matt will die, but Frank isn't a donor. In fact, the only potential match is prison inmate Peter McCabe (Michael Keaton), a psychotic but


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

David Klass

May 26, 1998

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (25) | DVD (3)

"Desperate Measures" is a drawn-out, and purely disposable, suspense thriller.

May 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

Primarily, the movie works as a showcase for Garcia and Keaton.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

A preposterous yet entertaining thriller with Michael Keaton stretching admirably as a Hannibal Lecter-style killer.

October 6, 2005
Fantastica Daily

A waste of time.

May 30, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

A squandered opportunity to explore important issues through popular moviemaking.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Keaton and Garcia have never been any more desperate than in this silly film.

August 22, 2002
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an astoundingly inept thriller that's easily the worst movie ever directed by Barbet Schroeder and may well prove to be an all-time low for everyone else involved with it.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

É uma pena que este seja um filme de ação. A premissa do filme é tão forte e bem armada que, com certeza, poderia ter gerado uma história muito mais dramática e complexa.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

So intent on keeping the action cresting that the credibility of the narrative is often undermined.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Logic flies gloriously out the window at every possible opportunity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

A routine, sometimes laughable thriller whose originality and intelligence is in inverse proportion to its overwhelming absurdity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Desperate Measures

Silly action film to switch off to
September 30, 2009

Super Reviewer

This so-called thriller concerns a cop, trying to save his son's life, who must deal with a homicidal sociopath who happens to be the only suitable bone-marrow donor in the entire civilized world. Yeah, right!
November 25, 2007
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Peter McCabe: You have to appreciate the irony. After all these years of being locked up, I'm given the opportunity to kill again. A cops kid too, and all I have to do is sit right here.

This movie does a good job at being terrible, but every time it's on, I enjoy watching it. There's just something about it.

A strange combination of Andy Garcia and a particularly good Michael Keaton, who does not get enough work in my opinion, star as cop and criminal.

Garcia has a terminally ill son who needs a bone marrow transplant. Enter Keaton, who plays a killer in jail and happens to be the only one in the area that matches up to Garcia's son.

Upon the time of the operation, Keaton breaks out, basically takes the hospital hostage, and it becomes a cat and mouse game between Garcia and Keaton, except Keaton can't be killed or Garcia's son dies.

The movie has plenty of logic problems, but it is good enough to watch on tv, and Keaton shines.

Peter McCabe: [after agreeing to transplant] These cigarettes are stale. You tell that cop and his dead kid I won't stand for stale cigarettes.
July 24, 2007

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