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Law Abiding Citizen Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

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

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 4.5/10

March 29, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3/5

October 21, 2010
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

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 Source: sbs.com.au

August 9, 2010
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

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 Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2010
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

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 Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 3/4

February 16, 2010
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

While one man's terrorist may be another's freedom fighter, it's not quite as simple when it comes to CIA operatives and your basic serial killer. Or rather, a CIA psycho family man that might make Jack The Ripper envious.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

February 5, 2010
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The diverting garbage that is Law Abiding Citizen would be more deplorable if it were possible to take this wholly implausible film seriously.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C-

January 31, 2010
Giles Hardie
smh.com.au

For large portions of Law Abiding Citizen we're not sure who is going to be the winner here, nor who we want to be, and though it won't make for much of a date flick, as far as intelligent action flicks go, it gets two big burly thumbs up.

Full Review Source: smh.com.au | Original Score: 4/5

January 30, 2010
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

While Law Abiding Citizen is in no sense a successful work of art, a film that offers the illicit thrill of cheering on an all-American terrorist is at least pursuing something more complex than ''moral clarity''.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

January 28, 2010
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

A high-octane, high body-count thriller posing the question, how do you stop a psycho vigilante on a killing spree? Apparently, by any means necessary."

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 28, 2010
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

Bloodshed and torture abound in this sadistic thriller with pretensions.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 1/5

January 26, 2010
Julian Shaw
FILMINK (Australia)

An entertaining thrill ride but not much more.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

January 26, 2010
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex

In another time and place, Law Abiding Citizen could have been an intelligent critique of a flawed criminal justice system. Instead, I present you Gerard Butler, ruthlessly hacking a guy into 25 little pieces.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 1/5

January 22, 2010
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The screenplay mashes up its elements and develops as a hairbrained plot without enough character substanc

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 21, 2010
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com

On a side note, can you believe the Oscar-winning star of RAY made a crack about Helen Keller?

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

December 6, 2009
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

What sours F Gary Gray's film is the drawn-out sadism of its violence - a depressing case of torture-porn methods infecting another genre.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 2/5

December 4, 2009
Jason Solomons
Observer [UK]

[It's] pretending to examine the nature of justice, test the parameters of law and probe the relationship between good and evil. But really it's just intent on blowing shit up.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

December 4, 2009
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday

Law Abiding Citizen tries to be two kinds of exploitation film at once, and it ends up as neither.

Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday

December 4, 2009
Robert Hanks
Independent

The film's entertainment value resides almost entirely in the ingenuity of Butler's modus operandi; but this is cancelled out by the film's underlying stupidity.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2009
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Relentlessly ugly, preposterous and hackneyed of dialogue: guilty on all counts. It will do well, then.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2009
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