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16 Blocks Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
April 22, 2016
It's a satisfying piece of genre filmmaking and an underrated American crime story...
Joshua Starnes
March 3, 2011
Told in nearly real-time 16 Blocks stops and starts, putting in buffers for decent character moments between Jack and Eddie. It's necessary to understand why they do what they do, but it makes what they're doing occasionally dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
16 Blocks is a good watch thanks to the performances of Bruce Willis and Mos Def.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
B-movie done with shrewd aplomb
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
August 20, 2007
At its heart, this is actually an excellent film. But, as filmmakers seek to escalate the big action, believability suffers severely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2007
There's a fine line between old-fashioned and cliched.
Kam Williams
Bean Soup Times
January 17, 2007
The most high-octane action-- pyrotechnics, fisticuffs, gunplay, car crashes, back alley dashes and fire escape leaps-- ever crammed into a pressure-cooked chase lasting less than a mile.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 13, 2006
The action is fast paced and the story throws in a couple of twists to keep you on your toes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
December 4, 2006
El oficio del director Richard Donner convierte a este policial de rutina en un digno entretenimiento. Ni más ni menos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Brag Magazine
September 9, 2006
Willis and Def are wonderful...Donner (Lethal Weapon) unleashes a tight, effective yarn
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 1, 2006
The story has been cobbled together from familiar elements; however, it arranges these elements in ways that are occasionally surprising, and in ways that accord nicely with Christian ideas about sin, repentance and redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 17, 2006
Richard Donner (Superman, Lethal Weapon/s) is a respected old pro who knows how to make an action movie that delivers thrills and maybe something to chew on as well.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 8, 2006
Willis salvages what is essentially a routine thriller and elevates it to something worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
The movie pays off generously and just as expected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
A happier surprise is the smart work of director Richard Donner: 16 Blocks is all jumble and jangle-crowds, snarled traffic, and discordant car horns.
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
May 6, 2006
A solid, bare-knuckle action-thriller from Richard Lethal Weapon Donner that avoids most of the genre's clichés and boasts a commendably dishevelled performance from Willis, as a washed-up NYPD flatfoot dissolving in self-loathing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
May 6, 2006
Fast-paced, tense and intermittently exciting, Donner's latest will keep genre fans engaged with its polished blend of tried and tested elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
May 6, 2006
Willis has been playing slight variations on this role for years now, and though the films don't get better, his performances do.
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
May 6, 2006
Clunky, solid, enjoyable.
Rubin Safaya
May 4, 2006
It's like those cartoon chase sequences where the scrolling background is on a loop. Here, the characters are on a loop, and the backgrounds change.
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