127 Hours Reviews

November 29, 2020
There are some creative visual tricks and a little ingenuity, but five days of being stuck in a canyon doesn't translate well to a 90-minute film.
March 16, 2019
Danny Boyle's hyper-kinetic cinematic vision for 127 Hours feels more than a little inappropriate and shallow.
May 3, 2015
So busy and self-consciously virtuosic that the movie undercuts it's own premise.
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.
February 8, 2011
This tale of male bravado is tedious and tiring and that amputation moment is stomach churning.
February 8, 2011
It doesn't matter how disarming Franco's single-handed performance is; there is simply not enough dramatic meat on the bones of Ralston's true story to distract us from where it is heading.
January 8, 2011
Visually, sonically, and tonally, 127 Hours is too often at odds with itself in competing for our attention.
November 19, 2010
There is so much inherent drama in the story that Boyle's whiz-banging feels unnecessary and disrespectful.
November 14, 2010
Danny Boyle is still incapable of keeping his camera still, straight or in focus, and his 'directorial style' is more blatant and distracting than ever.
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.
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 11, 2010
"127 Hours," about an unimaginably unbearable experience, is pretty much an unbearable experience of its own.
November 5, 2010
...does everything it can to show us anything other than just Franco between rocks, as if the director doesn't trust his star to be sufficiently compelling by himself.
November 3, 2010
The director refuses to allow a minute to pass free from intrusive embellishment.
October 29, 2010
Boyle's poppy conceptual razzmatazz simply suggests the man as a contestant on America's Next Top Mountain Climber, all style for the sake of style.
October 15, 2010
It's a shame Boyle admittedly worried about audience squeamishness, because there's this constant feeling that the movie is about to get much more intense, and it simply never happens.
September 18, 2010
Danny Boyle's dramatization of the real-life ordeal of outdoorsman Aron Ralston boasts the kind of conceptual riskiness that a director has the cachet to tackle only after, say, delivering a crowd-pleasing Best Picture Oscar-winner.