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Ransom Reviews

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January 1, 2000
Ron Howard has churned out another terse, handsome, homogenized American movie this week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
January 22, 2014
That's interesting stuff, but it doesn't play out with a lot of smarts. And the opportunity to end Ransom on a creepy note of unpredictability is forsaken for the usual glass-shattering, bullets-flying finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 22, 2014
There are more climaxes in here than in a Swedish blue movie. This is not to say you won't be thrilled, charged up and put through the ringer at times, but your intelligence will need to be shoved under your seat like warm, flat soda.
April 15, 2003
Full Review| Original Score: 3/10
January 22, 2014
Ron Howard leads the film dispassionately and unimaginatively, with too much faith in the merits of the talky script, although Ransom almost has a subject for a moment, flashing a little class conflict just like actresses used to flash a little stocking.
December 12, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 26, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
Ron Howard really does make movies the way you'd expect Richie Cunningham to -- fairly competent, terribly mainstream, and more than a tad dull. Ransom is no exception.
January 1, 2000
On top of its ugly class politics, the film delivers only cheap, formulaic thrills.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
January 1, 2000
Even the most hackneyed of plot devices wouldn't overshadow the bad taste this movie's politics leaves in your mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
June 18, 2002
A noxious, nerve-splitting invitation to vigilante rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
January 22, 2014
Slick and violent and reasonably tense, Ransom holds your attention without being the least bit interesting.
January 22, 2014
If Howard's direction were as stylized and self-aware as Corgan's music, Ransom might be something more than a shallow and unprovocative story of a vigilante with an Achilles' heel.
January 22, 2014
With a mechanical movie like this, filmmakers -- male or female -- can't take chances. Howard and company are hostages to their own conception.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
Gibson gives an interesting performance, showing a man trying to think his way out of a crisis, and Sinise makes a good foil: Here are two smart men playing a game with deadly stakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Strong acting, smart dialogue, and a couple of neat twists counterbalance many of Ransom's weaknesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 22, 2014
By the time Tom Mullen has turned into an action superhero in a clumsy climax, Ransom has run out of ideas, and we've lost track of what we felt about a father's frantic efforts to save his son.
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