Seven (Se7en) (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes

Seven (Se7en) (1995)



Critic Consensus: A brutal, relentlessly grimy shocker with taut performances, slick gore effects, and a haunting finale.

Movie Info

Director David Fincher's dark, stylish thriller ranks as one of the decade's most influential box-office successes. Set in a hellish vision of a New York-like city, where it is always raining and the air crackles with impending death, the film concerns Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), a homicide specialist just one week from a well-deserved retirement. Every minute of his 32 years on the job is evident in Somerset's worn, exhausted face, and his soul aches with the pain that can only come from having seen and felt far too much. But Somerset's retirement must wait for one last case, for which he is teamed with young hotshot David Mills (Brad Pitt), the fiery detective set to replace him at the end of the week. Mills has talked his reluctant wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), into moving to the big city so that he can tackle important cases, but his first and Somerset's last are more than either man has bargained for. A diabolical serial killer is staging grisly murders, choosing victims representing the seven deadly sins. First, an obese man is forced to eat until his stomach ruptures to represent gluttony, then a wealthy defense lawyer is made to cut off a pound of his own flesh as penance for greed. Somerset initially refuses to take the case, realizing that there will be five more murders, ghastly sermons about lust, sloth, pride, wrath, and envy presented by a madman to a sinful world. Somerset is correct, and something within him cannot let the case go, forcing the weary detective to team with Mills and see the case to its almost unspeakably horrible conclusion. The moody photography is by Darius Khondji; the nauseatingly vivid special effects are by makeup artist Rob Bottin, best known for more fantasy-oriented work in films like The Howling (1981). ~ Robert Firsching, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Kevin Walker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 14, 1997
New Line Cinema


Brad Pitt
as Det. David Mills
Morgan Freeman
as Det. William Somerse...
Gwyneth Paltrow
as Tracy Mills
R. Lee Ermey
as Police Captain
Richard Roundtree
as Martin Talbot
John C. McGinley
as California
Julie Araskog
as Mrs. Gould
Kevin Spacey
as John Doe
Daniel Zacapa
as Det. Taylor
John Cassini
as Officer Davis
Peter Crombie
as Dr. O'Neill
Reg E. Cathey
as Dr. Santiago
Richard Portnow
as Dr. Beardsley
Martin Serene
as Wild Bill
Endre Hules
as Cab Driver
Richard Schiff
as Mark Swarr
Bob Mack
as Gluttony Victim
Gene Borkan
as Eli Gould (Sin of Gr...
Michael Reid Mackay
as Victor (Sin of Sloth...
Cat Mueller
as Hooker (Sin of Lust)
Heidi Schanz
as Beautiful Woman (Sin...
Andy Walker
as Dead Man at 1st Crim...
Mark Boone Jr.
as Greasy FBI Man
George Christy
as Workman at Door of S...
Hawthorne James
as George the Night Gua...
Roscoe Davidson
as First Guard at the L...
Bob Collins
as Second Guard at the ...
Jimmy Dale Hartsell
as Library Janitor
Charline Su
as TV News Reporter
Dominique Jennings
as TV News Reporter
Allan Kolman
as First Forensic Man i...
Beverly Burke
as TV Anchor Woman
Andrew Kevin Walker
as Opening Scene Corpse...
Mario Di Donato
as Fingerprint Forensic...
Alfonso Freeman
as Fingerprint Technici...
Harrison White
as Cop on SWAT Team
Bob Stephenson
as Cop on SWAT Team
Tudor Sherrard
as Coupon Man Outside P...
Pamala Tyson
as Thin Vagrant by John...
Lennie Loftin
as Policeman Who Takes ...
Sarah Hale Reinhardt
as Police Sketch Artist
Emily Wagner
as Detective Sara at Jo...
Michael Massee
as Man in Booth at Mass...
David Correia
as First Cop at Massage...
Ron Blair
as Second Cop at Massag...
Leland Orser
as Crazed Man in Massag...
Lexie D. Bigham
as Sweating Cop at Mass...
Evan Miranda
as Paramedic at Massage...
Paul S. Eckstein
as Paramedic at Massage...
Brian Evers
as Duty Sergeant
Shannon Wilcox
as Woman Cop Behind Des...
Jim Deeth
as Helicopter Pilot
John Santini
as Helicopter Pilot
Charles Tamburro
as SWAT Helicopter Pilo...
Richmond Arquette
as Delivery Man
Duffy Gaver
as Marksman in Helicopt...
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Critic Reviews for Seven (Se7en)

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (25)

Unfortunately, most of the scenes in Seven are unlikely, which means that by the end of the movie the duo is battling not just an insane killer but an off-the-wall screenwriter.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

There's none of the humor that takes the sting out of slasher movies, and certainly none of the psychology and depth that made The Silence of the Lambs such an intellectual thriller.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Were it not for the gravity and thoughtfulness of Morgan Freeman's performance as a retiring policeman, and the third-act appearance of its bizarre villain, Seven would be unendurable.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The reason to see Seven, which is decidedly not for the faint of stomach, is not for the punishment of sin, but the many virtues of Freeman's contribution.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The odd thing about Seven, however, is that except for its facile, familiar and ridiculously gimmicky plot, it's a pretty involving murder mystery.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The movie is riveting in a gut-twisting way, but I, myself, would not call it "entertaining."

Full Review… | July 24, 2013
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Seven (Se7en)


Se7en is a worthwhile crime thriller thanks to solid performances, an intriguing mystery plot, and a memorable finale that will have you on the edge of your seat. The film has a sense of dread that is palpable and has enough moments to keep you engaged throughout, but it is really about the climax. The film clocks in at just over 2 hours and feels like it is a little slow in places, but it is worth sticking till the end. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman make a great pair playing opposite personalities and the killer is played memorably by a great actor that I won't give away for spoiler reasons. I can see why some people don't like this film. It is slow, gory, and unrelenting. Ultimately, Se7en ends up memorable for me despite its flaws.

Josh Lewis

Super Reviewer

A retiring detective and his young successor investigate a series of bizarre murders based on the seven deadly sins. The lukewarm reception for David Fincher's debut Alien 3 resulted in most writing him off as another style over substance hack from the MTV generation, but boy did he learn from his mistakes. No-one was expecting his follow up to be much of interest; let alone a virtual modern masterpiece. Fincher had clearly been studying the stylistic hallmarks of Ridley Scott, and the dark, brooding atmosphere crossed with artistic visuals are very much in his tradition. Although the formula of world-weary educated gentleman cop teamed up with a young hot head is hardly an original one, excellent performances and intelligent writing steer the material clear of cliche, and the imagery of the grotesque never descends into unnecessary gore or sensationalism. Complimented by a suitably claustrophobic soundtrack and a brilliantly unpredictable plot twist, I struggle to see how this film could have been any better. In the absurdly overcrowded marketplace of the serial killer movie, this stands head and shoulders above the rest as the very, very best of the genre. And yes, that includes the over-rated Silence Of The Lambs.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

The most remarkable thing about "Seven" is that, despite its brutally bleak tone, the film never wavers. It never lets up in any aspect, from the serendipitous chemistry between the two leads, to the brutally realistic and horrifying crimes, to the building suspense that comes with such chilling stakes. Add in the most chilling villain I have ever seen (who does little more than simply talk on screen) and Fincher's amazingly effective directing style (in which what he shows audiences and what he lets them imagine are equally scary), and "Seven" is easily a classic crime thriller that remains uncompromising no matter how many times you watch it.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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