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The Life of David Gale Reviews

Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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June 24, 2006

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September 26, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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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
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
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Low thrills and high dudgeon are a bad mix.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

March 2, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A dazzling mess.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 24, 2003
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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One to add to the list of recent films not worthy of Spacey's talents.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

February 21, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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For the most part, David Gale just feels cluttered and artificial.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 21, 2003
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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By the end, it reveals itself as too pat, too absurd and -- as a polemic against capital punishment -- philosophically self- defeating.

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

February 21, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A convoluted mystery that thinks it's way smarter than it is.

| Original Score: 2/4

February 21, 2003
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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A movie that at first glance seems to be using the mystery/suspense genre as a lure for a serious discussion of the death penalty, but turns out to be merely exploiting capital punishment arguments for easy goosebumps.

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

February 21, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 21, 2003
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Parker and screenwriter Charles Randolph throw plausibility to the wind at every turn, and every emotional moment feels contrived.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

February 21, 2003
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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A snide, juvenile, plot-twisting story about capital punishment that should provoke activists truly concerned about the death penalty to rage, and guilty-pleasure seekers to lament that the movie fails even as decent trash.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

February 21, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Deserves the chair for its brutal assault on subtlety.

February 21, 2003

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February 21, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The very things that give the picture its entertainment value -- the suspenseful contrivances of the story -- are precisely what undermine its ostensible message.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 21, 2003
Rita Kempley
Washington Post
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After two hours of bludgeoning by Parker's moralistic mallet, even those who came in sympathetic to his views may leave with second thoughts.

February 21, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I am sure the filmmakers believe their film is against the death penalty. I believe it supports it and hopes to discredit the opponents of the penalty as unprincipled fraudsters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 0/4

February 21, 2003
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The Life of David Gale is the world's first movie with a penalty phase.

| Original Score: 2/5

February 21, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Does Kevin Spacey have a weird secret? Um, yeah, as always. But this death-penalty fable is so overwrought, no one will care.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

February 21, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Not a great film, and it's doubtful its 'surprise' endings will surprise many people, but it manages to be both smoothly entertaining and engaging while carrying a strong point of view.

| Original Score: B

February 20, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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The script constantly trips over small points.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: C-

February 20, 2003
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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So nasty, hysterical and long-winded -- and unintentionally makes capital punishment foes look so twisted -- you wish someone had administered a lethal injection to this dreck in its planning stages.

| Original Score: 1/4

February 20, 2003
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Suspenseful but overworked death penalty thriller.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 20, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Almost unbearably sanctimonious -- not to mention preposterous.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

February 20, 2003
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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It's fine, even admirable, to make movies with a definite point of view but not if heavy-handed opinion overwhelms the entertainment.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2003
Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
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Instead of mounting a fierce argument against socially sanctioned killing, Parker gives the other side ammunition and allows those predisposed to executions to exit feeling smug and reassured in their beliefs.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2003
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Parker uses the same overbearing touch in David Gale that he did in Angela's Ashes and Mississippi Burning.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2003
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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David Gale may be the first liberal-leaning movie that could be brought up on assault charges since its director, Alan Parker, made Midnight Express.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 20, 2003
Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
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Parker's tendency to smash through stories ends up being brutal on Spacey and Winslet.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 20, 2003
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Overwrought and over-directed, The Life of David Gale has ideas worth considering, but its largest group of advocates will be the already converted.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

February 20, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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An obvious and smug sermon on the death penalty.

| Original Score: 2/5

February 20, 2003
John Powers
L.A. Weekly
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Although I've never before seen Winslet flounder like this, it's Spacey who really needs help -- his desire to be St. Kevin is turning him into a joke.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 20, 2003
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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This is a movie that rivets the attention and stirs our emotions before collapsing into wild, unconvincing melodrama.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 20, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Yes, it is a polemic of sorts, but it can be pretty entertaining, thanks to the actors.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

February 20, 2003
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Wherever you stand on the death penalty, there ought to be a law against a message movie this contrived.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

February 20, 2003
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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Going through the motions of a liberal-Hollywood polemic with the sweaty, mounting hysteria of a bad liar, The Life of David Gale is foremost an overheating gotcha machine.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 19, 2003
David Stratton
Variety
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Punches the expected buttons without being entirely convincing.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 11, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Contrivances and manipulation at the expense of character rob its dramatic developments of even a hint of veracity.

February 11, 2003
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