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The Debt Reviews

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November 9, 2011
The moral dilemmas posed by events in the past impacting on the present are dealt with rather superficially, but THE DEBT is really solid entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 5, 2011
A thriller with such powerful and emotive elements as The Debt towers above the everyday crime thriller, drawing on the cinematic oxygen of Nazi atrocities and their legacy
November 5, 2011
If you like your spy thrillers tense, gripping and meaningful, The Debt should be on the top of your must-see list
October 9, 2011
The film delivers both as a love story and as an old-fashioned espionage thriller that no amount of implausibility can spoil.
October 6, 2011
There's nothing to hate about this film, but it is just not interesting enough to warrant its 104-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 5, 2011
The plot could have great weight but it never makes use of it, while the revelations explored in the past, aren't followed through in the present.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 5, 2011
An entertaining addition to the recent wave of retro spy films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2011
The result is a sturdy, often suspenseful piece, but one that delivers less than it promises.
October 2, 2011
Dramatically unconvincing and morally unsatisfactory.
October 1, 2011
...a movie scrubbed of subtlety, but it's not an ineffective or boring work, it's actually highly suspenseful - at times ridiculously tense.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
September 30, 2011
A well-acted thriller that raises complex issues of conscience
September 30, 2011
The performances are what counts, and Mirren and Chastain certainly deliver.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2011
In less capable hands, this could have been a disaster but Madden just gets away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 30, 2011
The Debt cranks up the tension and elegantly conceals plot twists by cutting back and forth between events in 1966 and 1997.
September 30, 2011
At first, the fidgety back-and-forth storytelling slows the film down, but when the agents seize their prey the narrative steadies and a gripping battle of wits unfolds as the wily captive tries to exploit his captors' weak spots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2011
While the moral question about "doing the right thing" isn't entirely answered by the climax, this is still a superior thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2011
A blockbuster with brains, one that neatly examines the psychological toll of living with a long-standing lie and, less successfully, explores how the power of unrequited love can reach through the decades.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2011
Madden's The Debt is a diligent fait accompli of the original Israel version, Ha-Hov, by avoiding poking at political hornet's nest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2011
Solid, workmanlike storytelling is what's on offer in this meaty thriller with robust and satisfying star turns...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2011
With its powerful performances, good twists and fast-pacing The Debt is a welcome adult thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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