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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
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's a "Who dies next?" slasher film masquerading as a revenge thriller.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

October 16, 2009
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK

Avoid this drivel at all costs.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 2/10

October 16, 2009
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The more Kurt Wimmer's screenplay reveals about the lead character's scheme, the more difficult it is to believe that Law Abiding Citizen is intended to be taken seriously.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

October 16, 2009
Nell Minow
Beliefnet

This is not just a bad film; it is a despicable one.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: F

October 15, 2009
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: F

February 18, 2012

The movie remains admittedly entertaining, mainly because it's so shamelessly ridiculous that you can't believe an Oscar-winning actor (Jamie Foxx) can get through this thing with a straight face.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 3/5

October 16, 2009
Laila Hassani
Heat Magazine

Wildly implausible tosh.

| Original Score: 2/5

November 27, 2009
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
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com

It's never clear how we're supposed to feel about Butler and when he's gone too far. Should he kill the judge? Maybe the court clerk for filing the paperwork?

Full Review Source: Examiner.com

November 6, 2009
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Implausible and pandering.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: C+

October 16, 2009
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Not so much a whodunit as a howdhedoit that will frustrate any intelligent viewer

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 16, 2009
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
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio

Entertaining, without making sense. Film tries to say something about the judicial system, but fails badly. Nevertheless, an intriguing idea. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: C

November 11, 2009
James Rocchi
Redbox

Law Abiding Citizen goes well beyond the realm of, to use a piece of legal terminology, reasonable doubt and hits the hammer until it arrives at the neighborhood of sheer ridiculousness with its tires smoking.

Full Review Source: Redbox | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 15, 2009
Clay Cane
BET.com

What might've saved the movie is if Viola Davis was the one who was wronged by the justice system and seeking revenge. Ms. Viola could read the back of a Listerine bottle and make it award-worthy!

Full Review Source: BET.com | Original Score: C

October 20, 2009
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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Vigilante movies hold a firm place in cinematic history, but for them to work, the vigilante needs to be a sympathetic anti-hero.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 15, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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An implausible thriller with a few horror elements in the guise of social criticism.

October 15, 2009
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

The film suffers from one unfortunate affliction: It makes absolutely no sense.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 16, 2009
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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"Final Destination" meets "Saw" meets disaster.

Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 1/5

October 16, 2009
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