Seven (Se7en) Reviews

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
July 24, 2013
Unfortunately, the movie's clammy design, glum cinematography, and lugubrious pace try to persuade us that what we're watching isn't an ingenious, silly piece of pulp but a serious meditation on the nature of evil.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker's finale, in addition to its grossness, feels like an act of treachery against the viewer.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
It is very tiresome peering through the gloom trying to catch a glimpse of something interesting, then having to avert one's eyes when it turns out to be just another brutally tormented body.
April 17, 2002
Once homicide detectives Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt catch on to his modus operandi, there's little left in the movie to think about except, gee, wonder how the murderous maniac will do Sloth or Envy?
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 25, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 25, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Sean Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Eventually, with its irrationally downbeat ending, Seven even drags the viewer down into the abyss.
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
The trouble with Seven is that while the premise is intriguing, the movie is gluey, bumbling and singularly un-thrilling.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Noticeable skill has gone into the making of Seven, but it's hard to take much pleasure in that.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The crime scenes are rendered in sickening detail, and the whole film has a murky, madly pretentious tone.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
So chic, studied and murky it resembles a cross between a Nike commercial and a bad Polish art film.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
March 25, 2014
For all of the portentous atmosphere, Seven runs on a routine cop-show plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rod Dreher
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 25, 2014
The two actors misfire here: Freeman is so low-key he's almost drowsy, and Pitt jumps around like a chihuahua to no effect. It doesn't help that the sound mix is so murky that much of their dialogue sinks into the murk.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 25, 2014
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 | Original Score: 1/4
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Grim, slick, shocking thriller. Older teens only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Good as it is, it misses greatness by not quite finding the right way to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Seven is unnecessarily gory and runs for a little too long, but neither of these elements detracts much from the film's enjoyability (unless you have a weak stomach).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
March 25, 2014
Seven is a work of extraordinary style, upsetting power and narrative daring.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
A harrowingly bleak vision that haunted me in the theatres and made my flesh slick with fear even on this recent re-viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
March 25, 2014
The investigation and the clues that lead to the murderer are well thought out and continually provocative. As a narrative, the film is quite involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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