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The Life of David Gale Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a serviceable thriller, albeit one with some serious logic gaps and narrative loopholes

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/4

March 4, 2003
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

The type of preaching the choir would walk out on.

Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies | Original Score: 1/4

March 2, 2003
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Any dialectic concerning the ethical-moral issues of execution is overridden and undermined when the Hollywood murder-mystery formula takes the front seat.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 2/5

March 2, 2003
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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Low thrills and high dudgeon are a bad mix.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

March 2, 2003
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

I don't like being lied to. I don't like being cheated. I don't like being manipulated by a filmmaker willing to negate his entire story for the sake of cleverness or a cheap thrill. It should come as no surprise that I didn't like 'The Life of David Gal

| Original Score: 1/4

March 1, 2003
David Poland
Hot Button

A movie that keeps telling you that you are supposed to respect it that fails miserably at almost ever turn.

Full Review Source: Hot Button

March 1, 2003
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

The difference here is that "Gale" addresses death without bringing anything new or interesting to the discussion. It is shocking when it should be insightful, time and again turning to its idiotic thriller subplot before its philosophical debate gets int

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 1/4

February 28, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

First-time screenwriter Charles Randolph has figured out a way to combine his message movie with a more generic race-against-time thriller. And while the combination provides a kind of novelty that works for a while, it ultimately falls apart.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

February 27, 2003
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

We can't trust [Spacey], not with that Verbal Kint glint in his eye.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

February 27, 2003
Ian Grey
Orlando Weekly

Turns out to be not much more than a high-concept question padded out to feature length.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 1/5

February 27, 2003
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat

It's far too contrived and implausible a house of cards.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

February 27, 2003
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

...a mundane and manipulative crime thriller that doesn't have anything new to say...Parker doesn't know when to appropriately distribute or neutralize the tension of his toxic storyline in subtle, heartfelt strokes

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 2/4

February 26, 2003

It's a pleasure to watch these excellent actors politely unfold the origami tale.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

February 26, 2003
Vanessa Sibbald

It's hard to explain why "The Life of David Gale" is so bad...

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 26, 2003
Paul Salfen

It's lazy filmmaking for a lazy audience, and it's truly shameful.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/10

February 26, 2003
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The movie shoots itself not only in the foot but in the bleeding heart as well, offering a series of (mostly predictable) plot twists that undermine every point that Parker and his posse were trying to make.

| Original Score: 1/4

February 26, 2003
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

[It] requires an audience capable of overlooking its preachy manipulations, non-descript filmmaking, and senseless ending all because they find its ideology reasonable.

Full Review

February 25, 2003
Michael Dequina

Bad movies are easy to make, but as this overheated and self-defeating propaganda piece shows, it takes a genuinely talented group of people to come up with the most astonishing botch jobs.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 0/4

February 25, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As a thriller -- despite its implausibilities -- it's really a pretty darn good movie. Parker's signature atmosphere and his uncanny precision in editing are very much in evidence.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2003
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Director Alan Parker pitches the melodrama on high boil, and his way of dealing with all the holes in Randolph's plot is to place huge, almost defiant exclamation points around them.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

February 24, 2003
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