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16 Blocks Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 3, 2006
[Richard] Donner can direct this sort of thriller in his sleep, but he squanders the movie's sense of urgency for little acting or screen-writing indulgences.
| Original Score: 2/5
March 2, 2006
Calling 16 Blocks a bad film is selling it short. It's often truly awful..
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
March 6, 2006
Crooked cops, sketchy crooks and Bruce Willis as a washed-up detective -- this one has seen-it-before down to a science.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 28, 2006
Despite occasional bursts of suspense, the movie as a whole plays out as a long 95 minutes, with its lack of inventiveness leading us more frequently into tediousness than tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 3, 2006
It's the clamor and weak script that make it feel like a flatfoot trying to chase down a better movie.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 2, 2006
You spend much of the film with the same demeanor as Jack %u2014 excited but numbed, eyes winced, jaw clenched, just waiting for it to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 6, 2006
I thought this film is one long corny cliché.
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
March 2, 2006
It's like the cops say: Move along, nothing to see here.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 2, 2006
The film kicks and lurches like a dying jalopy, undermining the otherwise lean efficiency with which Donner steers his metropolitan odyssey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
March 2, 2006
People who go to action movies want to see action, while people who go to character dramas want the characters to be deeper and more interesting than these ones.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 2, 2006
It seems such a waste to go onto the actual streets of Lower Manhattan and shoot a movie this stupid.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 3, 2006
Time and again, it paints its heroes into a series of fascinating corners, only to set them free with uninspired and compulsory waves of its hand.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
March 3, 2006
Oh, no, there's nothing formulaic about 16 Blocks, not at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 25, 2006
Mos Def doesn't so much steal scenes as palm them away from the action around him to create an oasis of naturalism.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 2, 2006
16 Blocks seems as if it has been around the block a time or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 3, 2006
Donner exerts just enough effort to get this job done, but not enough to achieve anything close to excellence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
March 4, 2006
Unfortunately, Donner has run out of ammunition with his latest hedonistic handcuff actioner 16 Blocks...a tired and derivative take on the "weary cop syndrome".
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 24, 2007
There's a fine line between old-fashioned and cliched.
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
March 3, 2006
Oy vey is this wafer-thin entertainment...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
March 15, 2006
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
March 18, 2006
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March 4, 2006

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March 4, 2006

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August 4, 2007
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