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Seeking Justice (2012)


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 19
Rotten: 51

Critics Consensus: Seeking Justice is nothing more than a typical potboiler with another phoned-in performance by Nicolas Cage.

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: Seeking Justice is nothing more than a typical potboiler with another phoned-in performance by Nicolas Cage.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 7,485


Movie Info

A happily married family man's quiet life is turned upside-down when his wife is brutally attacked one night while leaving work. The husband unwittingly pulls himself into a dangerous underground vigilante operation after agreeing to an intriguing offer for a stranger to exact vengeance on is wife's attacker. While continuing to protect his wife from the truth, he quickly discovers that his quest for justice could lead to frightening and deadly consequences. -- (C) Anchor Bay

R (for violence, language and brief sexuality)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Todd Hickey , Robert Tannen
In Theaters:
Jun 19, 2012
Box Office:
Anchor Bay Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Seeking Justice

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (51) | DVD (5)

A dumb-dumb variant on the Death Wish vigilante justice genre.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

[Cage] acquits himself well enough in this otherwise rudimentary thriller from deliriously unsubtle director Roger Donaldson.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It's a perfectly palatable and even engaging thriller, albeit one requiring several leaps of faith and/or disengagement with reality.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Top Critic

Donaldson ... seems to have lost all talent for pacing.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

[Cage] shouldn't do any more movies in which his character signals his acceptance of a Faustian bargain by buying two candy bars.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

It's refreshing to see Nicolas Cage, non-histrionic and sort of subtle, in a halfway clever piece of indie pulp about a teacher who enlists a cult of vigilantes to kill the man who raped his wife.

Full Review… | March 15, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Seeking Justice is like mediocre pizza; It won't change the world but it should satisfy those hungry for a well-made, generic meal.

Full Review… | November 25, 2013

As far as a Cage film goes, Seeking Justice is better than the last couple major theatrical releases that have hit the screens.

Full Review… | July 27, 2013
7M Pictures

Despite growing increasingly preposterous as the minutes tick by, Roger Donaldson's Seeking Justice is still at the high-end of star Nicholas Cage's recent output.

Full Review… | June 20, 2012

...a hopelessly uneven thriller that just isn't able to live up to its seemingly can't-miss premise...

Full Review… | June 19, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

There is a strange and sometimes wondrous intensity in Cage's performances in these films; sometimes his madness is enough to elevate a film - like Werner Herzog's The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - to a kind of trashy sublimity.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The movie opens with an embarrassingly obvious scene of exposition and ends in an abandoned mall with a laborious explanation by a talking killer and further villainous actions cleared up by a trusting local detective who can sweep things under the rug.

Full Review… | April 6, 2012

Not much better than the dreck Nic Cage has been shoveling at us in recent years - a tad smarter, perhaps. But as in life, he keeps getting up off the mat and coming back for more, even if much of his audience isn't returning the favor.

Full Review… | March 23, 2012
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

As it stands, veteran director Roger Donaldson and writers Todd Hickey and Robert Tannen instead turn Seeking Justice into a lengthy chase movie that grows ever more ludicrous.

Full Review… | March 21, 2012
Common Sense Media

Ah, Nicolas Cage, you donkey- faced old ham. When did you finally give up on acting and abandon yourself totally to self-parody?

Full Review… | March 19, 2012
Irish Times

There needs to be a shot of [Cage] raising his fists looking up to the sky screaming 'JUSTIIIIIIICE!' as the camera pulls up, but the movie doesn't go there.

Full Review… | March 18, 2012

'Death Wish' goes the corporate route in this silly action-thriller that's nonetheless leagues beyond Nicolas Cage's usual fare.

Full Review… | March 17, 2012
One Guy's Opinion

A bland revenge thriller with the Cage's blandest star turn since he sleepwalked through Bangkok Dangerous.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Television Without Pity

Nicolas Cage plays the regular man protagonist with surprising ease, dialing down the nutty affectations and keeping you engaged.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012

The only thing you'll be wondering during this inert alleged thriller is where it all went wrong.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012

This vigilante potboiler jettisons any sense of realistic goodwill with viewers by detouring into a series of silly plot twists and half-cocked conspiracy theories.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012

An enjoyably loopy genre exercise. Connoisseurs of the Nic will need no further recommendation.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
Reason Online

An agonizingly banal exercise in generic filmmaking makes even the most run-of-the-mill made-for-TV potboiler seem like a Charlie Kaufman head-spinner by comparison.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012

If you are a hard core Nic Cage fan this won't kill ya, but avoiding it may make you stronger.

Full Review… | March 16, 2012
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Audience Reviews for Seeking Justice

"Nicolas Cage is kinda back were I like him to be. In good movies doing good acting. Some of his work lately has been questionable. But I am glad that in this film he has restored my faith in him. The movie is not amazing, but it's a good action thriller about revenge. But the revenge that was suppose to be about "Seeking Justice" soon turns into this community of viscous killers out doing their own form of justice. I thought the story was interesting and I really liked Cage and Jones together. I thought he seemed too old to be playing her love interest, but I think it worked. Overall, the film delivered and I enjoyed it."


Super Reviewer

A slick, hard-edged, surprisingly smart and riveting action-thriller thats visceral and filled with unexpected twist and turns. A strong film with solid performances from its great cast and two wicked twist that you wont see coming. An excting edge of your seat film that will keep your heart-pounding. It has a seductive rythem all its own. Nicolas Cage is explosive, one of his better performances and films in the last few years. Guy Pearce is at his best, giving an elctrifying performance. Cage and Pearce work well together and square off with explosive intensity. The film works profoundly well and has you screaming at the end wanting more. A wildly entertaining and mind-blowing thrill-ride from the start to its shocking finish.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Vengeance always has a price

Not bad at all, it's worth watching! Seeking Justice has some great action scenes and some interesting plot twists and i enjoyed it for what it was,a good action thriller.

After his wife is assaulted, a husband enlists the services of a vigilante group to help him settle the score. Then he discovers they want a 'favor' from him in return.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

As a time-pass thriller, it serves means to ends, but nothing beyond that. However, it amazed me that while Nicolas Cage was reasonably tolerable, Guy Pearce wasn't quite so.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

Seeking Justice Quotes

The hungry rabbit jumps.
– Submitted by Elie B (2 years ago)
We're just a few citizens seeking justice.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
Laura Gerard:
We should go to the cops... we tell them everything.
Will Gerard:
Some of them are cops.
– Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)

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