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I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A moody, nasty-minded crime movie full of rage and anchored by some deep, moody visuals.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

May 13, 2014
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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Based on a true story, its style is simple, direct, forceful -- even after more than six decades.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 10, 2012
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

There's enough here to make I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang worthwhile, but its problems are deep enough to keep it a long way from sniffing greatness.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 56/100

February 27, 2010
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal

The film suggests the denial of the common worker, whose service to industry is only as worthy as his social status.

Full Review Source: Bright Lights Film Journal | Original Score: 10/10

February 2, 2010
Variety Staff
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I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is a picture with guts. It grips with its stark realism and packs lots of punch.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Emanuel Levy

One of the stronget Depression era's social protest films, this expose shattered audiences in its harrowing depiction of guards' brutalities and other inhuman conditions of prison chain gangs.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: 4/5

August 17, 2006
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Suprisingly no-holds-barred portrait of institutional bullying for such an early film.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

June 2, 2006

Time Out
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Muni gives a brilliant performance as a regular guy wrongly convicted of murder and subjected to the hardships and beatings of a dehumanising chain gang regime.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine

The prison scenes are blatantly manipulative-and effective-but Fugitive really takes off during an intense escape sequence.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

May 22, 2005
Don Willmott

a dark and thrilling story that's all the more gripping because it's based on a true story

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

April 30, 2005
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Paul Muni gives a heart-wrenching performance.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

December 21, 2004


A searing Oscar-nominated performance from Paul Muni as the desperate James Allen and powerful uncompromising direction ensure that this film is as harrowing and vital today as it ever was.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

[A] difficult and heart-wrenching story of justice perverted.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 20, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Powerful social commentary and brilliant filmmaking.

| Original Score: 5/5

March 19, 2003
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

One of the great social dramas of all time. The finale is a knock-out. One of Muni's best performances.

| Original Score: 4/5

August 15, 2002
Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932) is a gritty, uncompromising, critical look at the treatment of criminals in a southern state's prison system

Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

January 1, 2000

TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the toughest movies ever made, an uncompromising and frightening film that lays bare the inhuman conditions of the penal system in post-WWI Georgia.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000
Matthew Turner

| Original Score: 4/5

September 1, 2005
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 3/5

April 16, 2004
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 4/5

April 10, 2003
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