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The Life of David Gale Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Junkee of the most offensively cheap and concocted 'twist' endings of all time

Full Review Source: Junkee | Original Score: D

January 13, 2014
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

An overripe melodrama -- a time waster.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 28, 2010
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

The filmmakers work so hard to bewilder and to preach that they give us no opportunity to think clearly about the serious life-and-death issues that the film claims to address.

| Original Score: F

January 15, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Como suspense, o filme não desaponta. Porém, a ambiguidade moral de seus 'heróis' acaba por transmitir uma mensagem oposta àquela que o filme pretende defender.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 4, 2004
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

... [Alan] Parker lures you into the theater, but then you sit down and all he has waiting for you is a whoopee cushion.

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 0.5/4

January 6, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

In arguing that calmly and deliberately taking a life can never be justified... it ends up arguing just the opposite. It's bad drama and worse politics.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

January 6, 2004
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

The film is so expertly crafted that it becomes an effective thriller. It is not, however, an indictment of the death penalty.

| Original Score: B

August 1, 2003
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week

It isn't long before we yearn to see David Gale as the poster-boy for deserved capital punishment.

Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 16, 2003
Todd Gilchrist

LThe Life of David Gale goes quietly into that good night during the doldrums of February, when studios discard their noble failures. . .

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June 5, 2003
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review

I appear to be alone in my adoration of this strong film...

Full Review Source: Blunt Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 30, 2003
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

Dead Man Walking if written by Charlie Kaufman.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 1/5

May 28, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

. When all is said and done, The Life of David Gale is thus only worth about $8.50 on a cheap Tuesday. .

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

May 18, 2003

'A pesar de las infundadas críticas en su contra, Alan Parker logra un trabajo estupendamente llevado a la pantalla al que vale mucho la pena echarle un vistazo'

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 3/4

May 12, 2003
David Edelstein
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It would take an intellect far superior to mine to explain the rationale -- or, for that matter, the release -- of David Gale.

Full Review Source: Slate

April 22, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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I ended up feeling sorry for Mr. Spacey, Ms. Winslet and Ms. Linney, so contrived was the foolishness in which they found themselves embroiled.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 4, 2003
Kim Linekin

Promises an intelligent debate about capital punishment but delivers a predictable thriller, directed with stunning amateurishness by Alan Parker.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 25, 2003

An evil piece of junk that uses the death penalty as a gimmick for a dumb thriller.

| Original Score: 1/4

March 19, 2003
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Worth seeing for Spacey and Linney but you'll spend more time arguing about the finale than you will about the issue behind it.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 2/5

March 13, 2003
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Suffers from Parker's same overindulgence in making points at the expense of making stories.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 1.5/5

March 10, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Grading on the curve, I give it high marks for trying something different, but somewhat lower ones for entertainment value.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

March 6, 2003
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