The Life of David Gale Reviews

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Liz Beardsworth
Empire Magazine
January 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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
Brian Orndorf
Modamag.com
March 27, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 24, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
February 26, 2003
It's a pleasure to watch these excellent actors politely unfold the origami tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 25, 2003
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 | Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 24, 2003
The film's far from perfect, but it was entertaining, engaged me throughout and offered up a nice dose of surprise,
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 24, 2003
A dazzling mess.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
February 23, 2003
A by-the-numbers thriller made compelling by two complex characters wonderfully brought to life by Kevin Spacey and Laura Linney.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Diana Saenger
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 23, 2003
The real strength of the film lies in the cast.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
February 22, 2003
A riveting mystery-drama filled with absorbing writing and even better acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
February 22, 2003
Audiences content with getting there as most of the fun and accepting the often preposterous contrivances of the mystery plot and its rococo conclusion will leave The Life of David Gale happy.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 21, 2003
The cast keeps rescuing the movie from a tendency to wobble off into soapy corners, and its liberal politics is handled with undogmatic skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
February 21, 2003
The film manages the feat of preaching to both the converted and the unconverted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
February 21, 2003
A well-made drama that employs the twists and turns of a thriller to generate heat around the volatile issue of capital punishment.
| Original Score: 8/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 21, 2003
The picture is neither flawless nor foolproof, but it's smart and tight enough to keep audiences off-balance and entertained for the running length.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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June 24, 2006
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July 2, 2003

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May 30, 2003

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March 25, 2003

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March 16, 2003

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March 14, 2003

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February 21, 2003
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February 21, 2003

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February 21, 2003
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