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16 Blocks Reviews

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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
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.
Read More | 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
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
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
March 3, 2006
It's the clamor and weak script that make it feel like a flatfoot trying to chase down a better movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
March 6, 2006
I thought this film is one long corny cliché.
March 2, 2006
It's like the cops say: Move along, nothing to see here.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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+
March 2, 2006
It seems such a waste to go onto the actual streets of Lower Manhattan and shoot a movie this stupid.
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
March 3, 2006
Oh, no, there's nothing formulaic about 16 Blocks, not at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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+
March 2, 2006
16 Blocks seems as if it has been around the block a time or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
March 3, 2006
Oy vey is this wafer-thin entertainment...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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