Felon 2008

Felon

Critics Consensus

Felon offers a rather hackneyed depiction of prison life, but is held together by a pleasantly complex plot and solid performances from Kilmer and Dorff.

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A new convict (Stephen Dorff) struggles to maintain his sanity and sense of humanity after he's thrust into a prison system in which a brutal guard (Harold Perrineau) encourages gladiatorial combat between inmates.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Dorff
Wade Porter
Val Kilmer
John Smith
Marisol Nichols
Laura Porter
Sam Shepard
Gordon Camrose
Nick Chinlund
Sgt. Roberts
Nate Parker
Officer Collins
Greg Serano
Officer Diaz
Ric Roman Waugh
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Vincent Newman
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Stephen Dorff
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David Peters
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Gerhard Daum
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Dana Gonzales
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Critic Reviews for Felon

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (9)

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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5
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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • It's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments.

    October 18, 2008 | Rating: B

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Stephen Dorff's powerhouse perf as an ordinary Joe trapped behind bars with warring ethnic psychopaths propels "Felon" well ahead of its expose/exploitation brethren while still avoiding the pious learning curves of Frank Darabont's prestige prison dramas

    July 21, 2008 | Full Review…

    Ronnie Scheib

    Variety
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  • Tough, brutish prison drama with an easy windup, but good acting and an uncompromising take on the prison system.

    July 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/4

    John Anderson

    Newsday
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  • Written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh, and filmed at the New Mexico State Penitentiary near Santa Fe, Felon is one of the most realistic prison films ever made.

    July 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5

Audience Reviews for Felon

  • Oct 19, 2012
    A bit sappy, but the acting was better than expected.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 25, 2010
    Prison movies are my favorite just because they scare the crap out of me. And what could make a prison movie better than Stephen Dorff and an old gruff Val Kilmer? I liked that Nick Chinlund plays a good guy (sort of) for once. Harold Perrineau once again plays an asshole really well. Pretty good stuff all around. I'm glad it didn't have an escape from prison ending like 99% of these movies do.
    Curtis L Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2010
    This was one hardcore flick!
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2010
    probably the harshest prison drama since shawshank. another good performance from kilmer
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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