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127 Hours Reviews

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
January 10, 2011
At the end, we stagger like Ralston from the dark into the light. We might have both our arms left, but our nerves are just as terrorised.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 24, 2010
Boyle is such a gifted filmmaker that, in his hands, 127 Hours is genuinely -- and unsentimentally -- inspirational.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 24, 2010
Boyle has always been an exceptionally stylish director, and, despite its limited setting, 127 Hours is a marvel of visual eye candy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 19, 2010
Directed and co-written by Danny Boyle in a style that travels from ecstatic to nerve-wracking and back, this is a film about perseverance, strength and the importance of always letting people know where you're going.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 18, 2010
The nightmare becomes a tribute to Ralston's bravery -- without casting him as a hero. He just got tired of waiting to die and decided to live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 18, 2010
[It] will blow you away -- for its audacity; for James Franco's performance; for the way that, by the end, it leaves you feeling connected to the strangers sitting next to you, and happier to be part of humankind.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 12, 2010
Shiver-making moments aside, in a important way 127 Hours suffers from the filmmaker's lack of nerve, a reluctance to let the audience taste Ralston's dread and the expectation of a slow, absurd death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 12, 2010
In his impressive follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire, the Academy Award-winning director honors the lure of solitude while at the same time celebrating the beautiful necessity of other people.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 12, 2010
Franco is a remarkably engaging actor - a prerequisite here - but Boyle, understandably, tricks up his predicament with a slew of Ralston's imaginings and fantasies and swaddles everything in a throbbing synthopop score.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 12, 2010
Aside from an exhilarating opening and a gruesome climax, the movie isn't all that rich emotionally; all the visual razzle-dazzle winds up serving a pat lesson about people needing other people.
November 12, 2010
It's a movie worth seeing, even when it's barely watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 11, 2010
"127 Hours," about an unimaginably unbearable experience, is pretty much an unbearable experience of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2010
The latest from Danny Boyle is actually an ode to survival, a bracing story of man and nature and an exhilarating sensory experience. It's my favorite movie so far this year.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 11, 2010
How do you make a movie about immobility? For a hyperactive stylist like Boyle, whose movies are at best thrillingly kinetic and at worst represent death by a thousand cuts, the solution turns out to be absurdly simple. He heads inward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 11, 2010
From such harrowing beginnings, it's rather awesome what an entertaining film Danny Boyle has made with "127 Hours."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 5, 2010
Boyle's style is never less than energizing, as it manages to keep this incredibly cramped space interesting.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2010
As Franco goes from fearful to resigned to resentful of the spot he's in, we're absolutely hooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 5, 2010
Like all great movies, "127 Hours" takes us on a memorable journey. Which is not easy when 90 percent of the movie takes place with a virtually immobile hero in a very cramped setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 4, 2010
Boyle's skill at wringing physical and emotional reactions from his audience is impressive; watching 127 Hours is, as intended, an experience of grueling intensity.
November 4, 2010
Danny Boyle pumps every frame of 127 Hours with cinematic adrenaline that declares war on the dull gravity of docudrama. And James Franco does the best, most natural and nuanced acting of his career to date, lacing terror with bracing humor.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 4, 2010
In the end, "127 Hours" is one man's incredible, unforgettable journey; it took the extraordinary alchemy of Boyle and Franco to also make it ours.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 4, 2010
To say that this movie gets under your skin is only barely a figure of speech. It pins you down, shakes you up and leaves you glad to be alive.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 4, 2010
127 Hours may be occasionally overdirected, but it's never under-felt... and more importantly, Franco's work goes a long way toward making Ralston's story live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 4, 2010
The setting may seem constricting, but Boyle captures the intensity of Ralston's experience in a swift, agonizing, defiantly cinematic 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 4, 2010
Sleek and stylish, harrowing yet heartening, Danny Boyle and James Franco bring their best picture to the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
November 3, 2010
127 Hours becomes the one-man Franco show, and the actor gives a tour-de-force performance.
November 3, 2010
Fraught with tension, yet never claustrophobic, 127 Hours is a phenomenal piece of work in which a fine actor and an innovatively cinematic director join forces to keep you gasping for oxygen all the way.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 3, 2010
It's a crazy stunt of a movie, the kind of dare that only Oscar-winners get to blow their goodwill on. And still, Boyle might have bested himself again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 2, 2010
A passionate, bloody argument for engagement with the world.
November 2, 2010
127 Hours is unflinching in its depiction of what constitutes the "will to live."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 1, 2010
Gripping, thrilling, excruciating, inspirational. One of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 27, 2010
127 Hours offers a daunting challenge to a filmmaker: How do you rivet an audience when your protagonist can't even move? The answer is that there's an awesome freedom to Danny Boyle's filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 21, 2010
It's a coming-of-age story -- blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 18, 2010
Boyle turns the near-death tale into a riveting re-enactment that will keep audiences squirming in their seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 16, 2010
Franco is up to every bit of Boyle's challenge, capturing Aron's transition from clownish outdoorsman and party boy to an introspective chronicler of his own impending demise and a visionary lunatic.
September 11, 2010
Mr. Franco is simply terrific, and Mr. Boyle's trademark exuberance creates a dizzying succession of images that get the movie not only out of the canyon but into its hero's mind.
September 7, 2010
Boyle is such a gifted director that he overcomes the obstacles and might even match the commercial success of his earlier Oscar winner.
September 6, 2010
[Franco's] take on Ralston feels both credible and compelling; few actors could have made us care so much, or disappeared so completely into the role.