The Life of David Gale Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
January 13, 2014 of the most offensively cheap and concocted 'twist' endings of all time

Full Review | Original Score: D
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010

An overripe melodrama -- a time waster.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005

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
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
June 4, 2004

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
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 6, 2004

... [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 | Original Score: 0.5/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 6, 2004

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
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 1, 2003

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
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
July 16, 2003

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Todd Gilchrist
June 5, 2003

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

Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
May 30, 2003

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
May 28, 2003

Dead Man Walking if written by Charlie Kaufman.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
May 18, 2003

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jorge Avila Andrade
May 12, 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 | Original Score: 3/4
David Edelstein
Top Critic
April 22, 2003

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

Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
Top Critic
April 4, 2003

I ended up feeling sorry for Mr. Spacey, Ms. Winslet and Ms. Linney, so contrived was the foolishness in which they found themselves embroiled.

Kim Linekin
March 25, 2003

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Ian Waldron-Mantgani
UK Critic
March 19, 2003

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

| Original Score: 1/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
March 13, 2003

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 | Original Score: 2/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003

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

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Rex Reed
New York Observer
Top Critic
March 6, 2003

Grading on the curve, I give it high marks for trying something different, but somewhat lower ones for entertainment value.

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