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127 Hours Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Mr. Boyle does succeed smashingly in holding your attention, peppering in healthy doses of flashbacks and fantasies between Mr. Ralston's monologues and his attempts to free himself.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
So busy and self-consciously virtuosic that the movie undercuts it's own premise.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 14, 2013
beautifully constructed film worthy of the praise it has received during its award season run
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
Absolutely masterful in both its production and its performances, this drama is easily one of the year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 27, 2013
You can know how this misdaventure came out and still be moved by this mystical/moving and miraculous film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ben Kendrick
October 5, 2012
127 Hours is an inspiring dramatic thriller with creative direction by Danny Boyle and a commanding performance from James Franco.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
127 Hours asks a big question of its audience: could you do what Aron Ralston does when it came down to it?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
It's chilling, claustrophobic, even nerve-racking, but it's also one of the most fascinating films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Jardine
July 12, 2012
With all due respect to Franco's strong performance, the director, Danny Boyle hijacked the story for a chance to show off his visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
April 15, 2012
Boyle solves the problem of shooting a film in a single location
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 5, 2011
... Essentially Franco in a one-man show, and his charm and enthusiasm instantly win us over.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
For a movie about a man falling into a canyon crack, there's much to think about here, not the least of which is how far any one of us would go, under similar circumstances, to survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 15, 2011
Danny Boyle is hit-or-miss for me. Thankfully, this was a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
It's an incredible performance by Franco, walking the line between what once was enthusiasm but now is manic desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
June 15, 2011
You'll feel like you're clenching everything in your body as this movie builds towards its inevitable climax, but this is a masterful work...
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Glenn Lovell
May 5, 2011
A lot of movies about climbing ‒ Touching the Void, North Face ‒ are about men who get into trouble by pushing their luck. This one takes as its main theme the sin of hubris.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
April 16, 2011
This is an honest-to-goodness, feel-good triumphant scene -- albeit one that's disorienting and exhausting, somewhat as it must have been in real life.
Dave White
April 4, 2011
It's haunting and moving and -- if you're squeamish -- only involves major arm-cut-offing for like 60 seconds of screen time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
March 23, 2011
Driven by James Franco's charisma and Danny Boyle's bizarrely antiquated, but refreshingly sharp sense of style, 127 Hours is as exciting as a film about a guy stuck to a rock could possibly be.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 4, 2011
...immaculate in its technical aspects, not just in the way the camera hunts down interesting images but in its pitch perfect casting and ... sound design. This is the sort of movie you admire more for its virtuosity than [its]story
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
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