The Debt Reviews

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August 31, 2018
It never fully compels or meshes as the emotionally driven, multilayered, grown-up thriller it yearns to be.
March 22, 2016
The film does have some suspense and makes some interesting points about our need to make heroes out of flawed people; but in the end, even with this wonderful cast, it's still a disappointment.
October 7, 2015
How can the film convincingly preach via Ms. Mirren's voice-over that truth is more valuable than justice while her character is exacting vengeance on screen?
September 19, 2012
If you were looking for a thrilling and immersing story of bravery based on the synopsis of the film, sadly you won't find it here.
December 28, 2011
A narrative in search of a story
December 11, 2011
Palliative Care: The Movie. Now that's entertainment.
December 5, 2011
Wants to ask deep philosophical questions [but] the protracted ending prevents any of these philosophical darts from sticking.
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.
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.
October 2, 2011
Dramatically unconvincing and morally unsatisfactory.
September 29, 2011
John Shakespeare In Love Madden directs, but literary larks in the Globe are a long way from the laboured, catchpenny lucubrations of this global retribution tale.
September 29, 2011
Vaughn and Goldman chose the wrong vehicle.
September 28, 2011
The Debt has strong performances and a handful of good moments but it's ultimately let down by some poor pacing, an increasingly dull second half and a baffling spot of miscasting.
September 16, 2011
You can line up for it if you like, maybe as a sort of late summer movie protest vote. But you'd be better off just waiting for the real Oscar movies to come along.
September 9, 2011
The final reveal is unintentionally hilarious and ruins everything the film had worked towards. The acting is good across the board, but only half of "The Debt" works like it's supposed to.
September 8, 2011
The Debt is increasingly unsubtle as it reveals the multiple truths about what happened back in East Berlin.
September 6, 2011
The acting is strong but the story isn't, especially the almost laughable 'let me leave you a note' situation at the end.
September 6, 2011
There is an awkward, irresoluble tension between the movie's urge to thrill and the weighty pull of the historical obligations that it seeks to assume. How much, to be blunt, should we be enjoying ourselves?
September 2, 2011
The problem I have with this movie is that it suggests a sort of moral equivalency between the sins of the Mossad cover-up and the sins of the Nazi, Vogel. This is not just specious but offensive.
September 2, 2011
Sports an intriguing premise and uniformly strong performances, but its second act is mediocre and its third act even worse, and it can't help but pale in comparison to Munich
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