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88 Minutes Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
January 3, 2012
Lacking tension in its setting and empathy for its characters, 88 Minutes is a woeful excuse of a thriller thanks to the inept direction by Jon Avnet, who has forgotten to inject emotion and thrills in what can only be described as a bloated crime movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
July 12, 2009
88 Minutes is the sort of overblown thriller in which every action, no matter how insignificant, is pregnant with portent, yet it's a film of nothing but red herrings.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 12, 2009
Don't bother
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 3, 2008
The overwrought production, sieve-like plot and ludicrous characters merge into something genuinely hilarious. But that's clearly not what cast and crew were going for.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Turner
October 3, 2008
Ridiculous and ultimately disappointing thriller that stays just about watchable thanks to an amusing pair of performances by Shouty Al and his hairpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

The Sun (UK)
October 3, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
October 3, 2008
Pacino looks half asleep throughout, no doubt concentrating solely on his cheque, while the script is a catalogue of clichés and contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Simon Thompson
Heart 106.2
October 3, 2008
Good Sunday afternoon entertainment but it won't hang around the multiplex for long.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Neil Smith
Total Film
October 3, 2008
Full of dreadful turns and awful dialogue ("There's been a breach in my most secure area!" mutters Al at one point), 88 Minutes is 107 too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 3, 2008
It's called Eighty Eight minutes. But, in fact, it's one hundred and seven minutes of your life that you lose should you persevere with this witless thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
October 3, 2008
Interestingly, the more overblown and insincere a performance Pacino delivers in a film, the more self-important and bouffant his hair gets. Here, it's so towering it takes up 90 per cent of the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 3, 2008
There are more thrilling ways to spend 88 minutes, like counting from one to 5,208.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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David Fear
Time Out
October 3, 2008
Now that this stupendously inept serial-killer flick has slithered into theaters, the diminutive legend had better clear room in his closet for another cinematic skeleton.
Read More | Original Score: 0/6
Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
October 3, 2008
It verges on so-bad-it's-good territory, but just isn't entertaining enough. Lacking in tension and pace, poorly edited and starring wholly unsympathetic characters, this is just dull, drab and boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Victor Olliver
October 2, 2008
The kindest thing one can say is that director Jon Avnet and screenwriter Gary Scott Thompson bought a flatpack version of a thriller and then couldn't follow the instructions. Manuals can be confusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 19, 2008
The movie runs blandly through its paces without generating an ounce of tension or suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Willie Waffle
September 14, 2008
I should have walked out after 8 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Prairie Miller
September 9, 2008
While 88 Minutes is no 3:10 To Yuma, this beat-the-clock escape artist fare that's light on logic and heavy on the shoe leather, sustains sufficient breathlessly nerve-jangling lockdown for the duration, despite a couple of weirdly situated plot holes.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 8, 2008
The film is a disaster in every way possible. I have rarely seen a big budget, star studded, major studio motion picture flop this hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kevin McCarthy
May 13, 2008
When they were counting down the 88 minutes, I just kept saying to myself, "oh man, this movie still has 72 minutes left?" "Oh man, this movie has 17 minutes left?" I just couldn't wait to get out of the theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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