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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
May 11, 2012
Mel Gibson is back doing what he knows, playing a flawed character with redeeming qualities who is also a resourceful tough guy
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 11, 2012
The richness of the prison backdrop is a source of amazement ...described as 'the world's sh*ttiest mall' with food stalls, drugs and sex on demand, guns in plentiful supply and an intimidation-driven system
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
May 11, 2012
A less than subtle attempt to get him [Gibson] back to the renegade action star roles with which he made his name.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
May 11, 2012
[Gibson] and the boy make the kind of cross-generational double act that deservedly went out of fashion with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, although it's superficially toughened up with bad language and cigarettes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 11, 2012
A pungent representation of Mexican torment (beyond the blaring ranchera music) with a violent twist, bringing out a particular groan to Gibson's puckish attitude the screen hasn't seen in years.
Full Review | Original Score: B

Sun Online
May 10, 2012
It'll be way too grim for some, but fans of tough action cinema will find plenty to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 10, 2012
It is a film with no great pretensions... just one happy to hit the ground running and focus on violent action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 10, 2012
[A] lively, non-PC caper-thriller, with touches of Elmore Leonard and Quentin Tarantino...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 10, 2012
The plot thickens to the density of Semtex, then explodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Vincent Renwick
The List
May 10, 2012
Co-written by Gibson, Grunberg and Stacy Perskie, the result is an enjoyable enough ride - one that even the most rampant Gibson-hater would find difficult to dislike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 10, 2012
This is a Mel Gibson project and it shows the filmmaker's imprint, maybe a bit too much for the sake of a novice director.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Shaun Munro
What Culture
May 10, 2012
I cannot imagine what compelled Mel Gibson to star in something like this, but I am glad that he did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
May 10, 2012
Mel looks a lot more grizzled, of course, than when he first started playing his hair-trigger hotheads but he still oozes charisma. And when it comes to the film's scorching shootouts, he's still got the live-wire energy too.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 10, 2012
All of the swaggering attitude is just too much for a film that has absolutely no point to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
May 10, 2012
A superior genre effort, even if its chances of setting the box office on fire are less than zero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
May 10, 2012
Gibson does well to keep up with all the madcap action and he brings a steeliness that echoes his work in Payback and Edge of Darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 10, 2012
Watchable, smartly directed thriller with an efficient, pared-down script and a strong performance from Gibson, though it's also a little too slick for its own good and the lack of character detail is occasionally frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Mottram
Total Film
May 10, 2012
Melding Mel, Mexico and mariachi, Grunberg's debut is a watchable action-comedy, if a little throwaway. Good Friday-night fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
May 9, 2012
The jail setting is eye-opening, Gibson is on good form and a tight narrative grips until events become too farcical towards the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 9, 2012
...classic Gibson action - part ultra violence, part Looney Tunes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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