Prisoners (2013)



Critic Consensus: Prisoners has an emotional complexity and a sense of dread that makes for absorbing (and disturbing) viewing.

Movie Info

PRISONERS, from Oscar (R)-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, stars Oscar (R) nominees Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in a story that poses the question: How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, … More

Rating: R (for disturbing violent content including torture, and language throughout)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Aaron Guzikowski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 17, 2013
Box Office: $61.0M
Warner Bros. - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Prisoners

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (51)

The last half hour, despite the occasional jolt of excitement, is an embarrassment.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015

I was shocked to learn this is an original screenplay and not an adaptation. Everything about the story stinks of a crappy novel someone bought at an airport.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

This film haunted me for days and weeks after seeing it, and the feeling still lingers.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015

Prisoners is in the best thriller traditions, but goes deeper into a reflection of one of the greatest moral dilemmas in modern society ... choosing to not only be memorable, but to matter.

Full Review… | August 4, 2014

Prisoners is a devastating ordeal through the Villeneuve's impressionistic prism. It's a testament to all involved that you want to revisit the ugliness of the story for the artistry of its construction.

Full Review… | April 15, 2014
2UE That Movie Show

The film not only holds the viewer's focus to the very end, but manages to do so in a genuinely innovative yet comfortingly recognizable way.

Full Review… | March 13, 2014
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Audience Reviews for Prisoners

With fantastic performances (Gyllenhaal deserved an Oscar), an extremely complex script so well written in every single detail and a phenomenal direction that invests in a slow-burning tension with perfection, Prisoners is for sure one of the best films of the year.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Grim, ugly and violent. Good acting but not enjoyable as a viewing experience.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


After a man's daughter is kidnapped, he resort to torturing the police's prime suspect in order to discover her whereabouts.
As a thriller, this film follows the basic genre conventions. It's tense, mysterious, and occasionally compelling. However, it seems the film's ambitions are beyond a basic genre film. A lot of the film's exposition establishes Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) as a survivalist -- a right-wing, anti-establishmentarian -- in order to explain his extreme behavior later. But this theme remains undeveloped. I can imagine a good film that questions whether a man's personal moral compass should override the moral compass that most reasonable people agree to, but by the second act, the film devolves into torture porn and the generic dramatic questions overtake the film's philosophical musings.
Jackman has never been an impressive actor, and what depth we see in Keller comes from the script, not his performance. The same can be said of Jake Gyllenhaal, and unfortunately the plot renders Maria Bello catatonic halfway through the film. The best performance is by Paul Dano, who never fails to impress.
Overall, as a thriller, Prisoners fits the genre, but as anything more, it's close but not quite.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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