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Prisoners Reviews

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Pete Hammond
Movieline
September 30, 2013
This is about as intense as movies can get. Superb performances and great direction will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
September 29, 2013
It's a tense and engaging thriller with some big ideas, only some of which it is able to carry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 29, 2013
Hollywood thrillers that feature vigilantes usually pander to our baser instincts. Prisoners doesn't let us off the hook so easily.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 29, 2013
A story too densely plotted to feel real but too well built to fall over.
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
September 28, 2013
A good film with a shoddy ending that keeps it from being great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 28, 2013
"Prisoners" is a dark, thought-provoking thriller for the grown-up audience that made "Silence of the Lambs" a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 27, 2013
The very model of an Oscarbaiting exercise in social critique and deeply ambiguous character drama. Except for the part where the script makes it feel more like a trashy beach read.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
September 27, 2013
In his first film since Skyfall, the cinematography by Torquay-born Roger Deakins is as stunning as you'd expect from a true craftsman with ten unfulfilled Oscar nominations since The Shawshank Redemption in 1995.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
September 27, 2013
"Prisoners" is gripping and exceptionally well made, but I found it relentless-too bleak for my taste...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/2
Eric D. Snider
GeekNation
September 27, 2013
I like the film's solid, old-fashioned style, the way it resembles the smart adult thrillers of the '70s and assumes the audience is savvy enough to follow the details.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
September 27, 2013
Deserves credit for artfully presenting its nightmarish moral dilemmas with little pretense or grandstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 27, 2013
It's a veritable shoo-in for an Oscar nod this year, and one of the more disturbing films to come out of a major studio in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
September 27, 2013
A whodunnit too classy to ignore, too crude to respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Floyd
Film4
September 27, 2013
A disturbing crime thriller, elevated by subtle storytelling, challenging ideas and fine performances, but let down by some lazy generic tropes and jarring implausibilities.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
September 27, 2013
Manages to fire the intellect and stimulate further researches into Arendt's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
September 27, 2013
One of the most satisfying thrillers we have seen in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
September 27, 2013
Prisoners, surprisingly for a film that lasts 153 minutes, holds you captive for the entire runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes
September 26, 2013
Villenueve crafts and molds the story into a thing of beauty. His pacing is brilliant, giving the audience just enough clues to keep them guessing at every twist and turn.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5

Daily Mail (UK)
September 26, 2013
First-rate cinematography by Roger Deakins can't rescue a thriller that needed many more rewrites before it went into production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
September 26, 2013
A haunting narrative and moral maze.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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