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Ransom Reviews

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July 26, 2012
While a flawed, overlong offering of suspense, the movie retains a boiling core of tension, sold with an authentic feel for desperation by Gibson, who keeps the picture on task with his forceful, teeth-grinding work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 14, 2012
The script is shaky, but Gibson's forceful performance allows Ransom to pay off with modest dividends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 7, 2011
Gibson has always had a mesmerizing dark side (remember his vengefulness in Mad Max?), and when his rage catches fire, so does Ransom.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 6, 2010
A crackerjack thriller with some unusually tasty plot twists, Ransom pays plenty of entertaining dividends.
February 9, 2006
Howard pushes and probes this rich tension with expert casting, restless camerawork and a fractured editing style.
January 23, 2006
A tough, gripping thriller.
| Original Score: 8/10
April 9, 2005
A top notch thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 11, 2004
...unless you expect high drama or intense realism, the movie is going to provide solid Hollywood entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
January 8, 2004
...doesn?t take a lot of risks, but it packs surprise after surprise..
| Original Score: 4/5
May 20, 2003
Mr. Howard has made ''Ransom'' in the same clean, swift, logical style that sent his ''Apollo 13'' into orbit, resulting in a spellbinding crime tale that delivers surprises right down to the wire.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 14, 2003
Although Ransom has its edgy, dark moments, it smacks of Ron Howard's trademark wholesomeness. The big-bucks plushness work against it, giving the story itself an antiseptic quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 16, 2003
It's a very good performance by Gibson.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 10, 2003
More involving and more nerve-wracking than its fairly predictable plotline necessitates.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 15, 2002
Director Ron Howard knows how to spin a yarn, and in this case he has a cracking good script by Richard Price (Clockers) and Alexander Ignon, based loosely on a 1956 Glenn Ford thriller of the same name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 18, 2002
A noxious, nerve-splitting invitation to vigilante rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 5, 2002
Overall "Ransom" is a satisfying mix of suspense, human drama, character study and the ever-popular vigilante-style comeuppance.
April 17, 2002
"Ransom" is the movie that everyone will be talking about, so try to find a theater that isn't sold out and enjoy the tension.
May 12, 2001
Here's a tension-packed thriller that will shake your head and rattle your brain.
February 27, 2001
The movie generates real tension as Gibson and Sinise play a sort of cat and mouse game, continually upping the stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 14, 2001
A persuasive thriller for most of its length, it stumbles in its attempt to become an upscale version of Death Wish and other vigilante dramas and ends up derailing with a soft thud.
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