Felon Reviews

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November 17, 2011
September 7, 2011
October 18, 2008
It's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments.
July 21, 2008
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 18, 2008
Tough, brutish prison drama with an easy windup, but good acting and an uncompromising take on the prison system.
July 18, 2008
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.
May 5, 2019
Explores how violence is endemic in the prisoner, no matter their background, almost as soon as their sentencing is handed down.
November 14, 2008
The plot expands and gets more complex as the story progresses, and the dramatic tension ratchets up
October 3, 2008
...establishes itself as a gritty, thoroughly compelling prison drama that rarely relies on the various tropes of the genre.
September 21, 2008
Felon is compulsively watchable, largely because of its entertainingly big performances.
August 16, 2008
Dorff, who was last spotted as a scary sexual sadist in Shadowboxer, gives a mesmerizing performance evolving from stunned civilian to brutalized inmate and dangerous prison thug, then transforming into a tested man who rediscovers his own humanity.
August 8, 2008
Felon won't rock your world but may endear you to more than just Stephen Dorff's abdominal muscles.
August 1, 2008
Dorff, who was last spotted as a scary sexual sadist in Shadowboxer, gives a mesmerizing performance evolving from stunned civilian to brutalized inmate and dangerous prison thug, then transforming into a tested man who rediscovers his own humanity.
July 26, 2008
This tough, uncompromising, cautionary thriller should be a wake-up call about America's outrageously archaic laws insofar as defending the sanctity of home and family.
July 18, 2008
Felon ventures outside the prison walls so often that the audience doesn(TM)t get a prolonged sense of the claustrophobia of confinement; the rage being displayed actually dispels the sense of isolation and boredom.
July 18, 2008
Kilmer and Dorff, who was also an executive producer, immerse themselves in difficult roles and the film's overall air of social commitment will surprise viewers drawn in by its exploitation-movie promotion.
July 18, 2008
A good cast and disciplined direction add some distinction to Ric Roman Waugh's Felon, which is basically the old tale about an innocent man corrupted by a stay in prison.
July 18, 2008
A subplot involving corrupt guards makes the movie even duller than the score that sounds like a rusty squeezebox.
July 18, 2008
For a film that seems to pride itself on its depiction of prison-reality, it feels extremely movie-phony.
July 17, 2008
While the film is violent and decidedly tragic, the overall sensation of watching it is nothing you haven't experienced before with numerous films, from Death Warrant to Lock Up to Oz.
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