The Debt Reviews

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September 30, 2011
The performances are what counts, and Mirren and Chastain certainly deliver.
September 29, 2011
Solid, workmanlike storytelling is what's on offer in this meaty thriller with robust and satisfying star turns...
September 29, 2011
Vaughn and Goldman chose the wrong vehicle.
September 27, 2011
'The Debt' tackles themes of humanity, revenge and truth so successfully it's hard not to find it powerful - even if it's not the Oscar bait it might have hoped to be.
September 6, 2011
After a gripping first half, turns into one howler after another. And yet it's still gripping.
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
Vogel's introduction, 'This is my hand, and this is the speculum,' may at last have displaced the 'Is it safe?' of Christian Szell--another Mengele stand-in--as the most discomfiting sentence ever uttered by doctor to patient onscreen.
September 2, 2011
Worthington shows a greater range and vulnerability here than he did in either Avatar or Clash of the Titans, where he mostly just flexed his pecs. He may be a genuine movie star yet.
September 1, 2011
Rather than focus on the evil of the Nazi villain, it wallows in the collective regret of three Israeli Mossad agents who in 1966 let the bad guy slip away when they had him in their clutches.
September 1, 2011
There are movies you want to like that just won't let you.
September 1, 2011
The direction and performances remain as solid as ever, but they're both growing obscured by the top-heavy plot.
September 1, 2011
The Debt has the overall air of an Oscar contender that never got into the ring -- well-made, but not spectacular. Still, it serves as a fine, full introduction to Chastain's potential.
September 1, 2011
The Debt roots itself in reality more plausibly than most contemporary spy films without sacrificing the genre's tense thrills.
Top Critic
September 1, 2011
The movie drowns the deeper questions it raises in a sadistic procedural, an endless circular motion of fight scenes whose only justification is themselves.
September 1, 2011
A strong cast fails to rescue this ponderous Oscar bait.
September 1, 2011
The thrills work out better than the smarts.
September 1, 2011
Helen Mirren pulls off the impressive trick of dominating the movie even while she's absent for huge chunks of its running time.
September 1, 2011
Awkwardly marrying "Munich"-style moral conundrums with cheesy Robert Ludlum stylings, the slow-paced thriller "The Debt" never pays off.
August 31, 2011
Madden's version maintains all the literal and figurative scars left on these characters, but everything here is made at least one degree more obvious, even as the screenplay tries mightily to hide its secrets.
August 31, 2011
A Nazi-hunting thriller deepens into a meditation on conscience in The Debt, a movie that holds you in its grip.
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