Law Abiding Citizen (2009)



Critic Consensus: Unnecessarily violent and unflinchingly absurd, Law Abiding Citizen is plagued by subpar acting and a story that defies reason.

Movie Info

Jamie Foxx stars as an assistant DA who finds himself at the mercy of a spiteful vigilante (Gerard Butler) hell-bent on avenging the death of his wife and daughter, whose murderers are set free due to legal loopholes. F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) directs from a script by Frank Darabont and Kurt Wimmer. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Rating: R (for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Kurt Wimmer, Frank Darabont
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 16, 2010
Box Office: $73.3M
Overture Films - Official Site


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as Billy Reynolds

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Critic Reviews for Law Abiding Citizen

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (29)

Sadly, there's nothing here but bloody off-cuts from 'Death Wish', 'Saw' and 'The Silence of the Lambs', in roughly that order.

Full Review… | November 27, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Law Abiding Citizen may be the most nihilistic movie I've ever seen.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011

It's exactly the kind of film the phrase 'by-the-numbers' was invented for, but like the best genre films, it acknowledges its niche and goes all out to top its predecessors.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

One of the more repugnant examples of Hollywood's cheap-thrill approach to violence, its voyeuristic brutality is matched only by its innate stupidity.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010

The film can't seem to make up its mind whether it wants to be an audience pleasing popcorn treat or a serious, political thriller. It ends up being partly both... with varying degrees of success.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

Putting aside the ideological posturing, this hyper-violent fantasy about a seemingly unstoppable killer who continues his murder spree behind bars delivers on its promise of an intriguing mystery, however far-fetched.

Full Review… | February 16, 2010
San Francisco Examiner

Audience Reviews for Law Abiding Citizen

An excellent thriller that takes you to the edge of your seat. Excellent acting across the board makes this movie much better than the average revenge flick. Butler's bow as the "bad guy" truly makes the film as you tend to understand his want for revenge and makes him someone you can connect with. Overall a good action thriller.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

As a fun, (un)intelligent revenge thriller, Law Abiding Citizen held my interest through and through. I would have preferred a less farfetched conclusion, but Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx give great performances as their characters square off and spew at each other there opposing yet equally flawed perceptions on the American legal system.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Fun and exciting. I enjoyed it a great deal.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

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