Critics Consensus

Lacking scares or psychological insight, Captivity is a distasteful entry in the 'torture porn' subgenre.



Total Count: 78


Audience Score

User Ratings: 328,881
User image

Captivity Photos

Movie Info

Vatel director Roland Joffé teams with screenwriters Larry Cohen and Joseph Tura to adapt an original story by Cohen concerning a fashion model (Elisha Cuthbert) and her chauffeur, who are kidnapped and held captive by a sadistic serial killer. Jennifer Tree (Cuthbert) is America's sweetheart; a top fashion model and ubiquitous cover girl who is adored by millions, Jennifer possesses all of the wealth and power that comes with being a natural, world-class beauty. Every girl wants to be Jennifer, and every man wants to have her -- one more than all others combined. That man has been lying in wait for precisely the right moment to strike, and when Jennifer makes the fateful mistake of stepping out on her own at a Soho charity event, he finally sees the opportunity to take possession of his most prized object. Drugged, taken, and placed in a cell, where she is forced to endure unspeakable mental and physical torture, Jennifer struggles against her twisted tormentor with every ounce of courage and fight that she has -- but will it be enough for her to endure should her captor continue to maintain the upper hand? A controversial film long before it ever went into wide release, Captivity caused quite a stir when graphic, unapproved ads for the film appeared on billboards and taxicabs in New York and Los Angeles. Though representatives from Captivity's releasing company After Dark Films claimed that the wrong materials were shipped to the printers and put up before they realized what had happened, public outcry was such that the MPAA saw fit to suspend the ratings process for the film. As a result, it quickly became apparent that Captivity would fail to procure an MPAA rating before its original target release date.

Watch it now


News & Interviews for Captivity

Critic Reviews for Captivity

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (71)

  • Screw the culture cops who freaked out over Captivity's graphic poster and always cry 'torture porn' -- this is a gleefully nasty piece of red meat for horror hounds that delivers as promised.

    Jul 19, 2007
  • [Joffe] brings an artful video-grunge look, and not much else, to this Saw clone.

    Jul 18, 2007 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • It's not scary because not one second is believable.

    Jul 16, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The real horror here is how anyone, especially a two-time Oscar nominated director, could be this hard up for work.

    Jul 16, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Tony Wong

    Toronto Star
    Top Critic
  • Rarely have I found myself so uncomfortable viewing anything over such an extended period of time. There's nothing redeemable here. It's not tense or scary; it's just demented.

    Jul 14, 2007 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • Captivity the movie has been thoroughly eclipsed by Captivity the marketing.

    Jul 14, 2007 | Rating: 0/5

Audience Reviews for Captivity

  • Dec 09, 2011
    A good but fairly routine bit of kidnap and torture horror. Nothing we haven't really seen before so there's no surprises here. Yeah there's the odd grisly moment and a somewhat guilty satisfaction seeing the arrogant, stuck-up model being made to squirm... all part of her moral lesson. Passabale stuff if you're in the mood, but not very memorable.
    Lee ? Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2011
    Not a bad horror movie. Very interesting and exciting, with a very good story to it. It's not as bloody\graphic as Saw, Hostel, or Turistas...but It does have It's disturbing moments.
    Jacob P Super Reviewer
  • Sep 04, 2010
    hands down by far one of the worst movies i have ever seen. This movie had absolutley nothing. There was no real plot other than the fact that these two brothers liked to kidnap and kill. There was no motive and no reason to take her. Also there was no character development there wasnt even any character explanation. A horror movie with no blood no scarey scenes and no real suspense it was all painfully predictable. I award this movie no points and may god have mercy on your soul.
    Benito r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 11, 2010
    In the absence of ANY alternative, this determinedly sadomasochistic reviewer and his faithful viewing companion were held captive for 90 hellacious minutes on Monday evening—for what reason, they will never know. If the intent was to make the audience fully understand the excruciating mental anguish of being tortured—mission accomplished. With this review of Captivity, a milestone has been reached. It single-handedly proves to be the worst film yet unveiled for this reviewer's consumption thus far. In this R-rated thriller, a fashion model (Cuthbert) and chauffeur (Daniel Gilles) awaken to find themselves chained to each other in a basement, the kidnapped victims of a serial killer with a predilection for torture. Unless it was his intention to make a laugh-out-loud thriller, Roland Joffe should be forced to give back his union card to the Director’s Guild of America. Not only has the acclaimed director of The Killing Fields churned out an awful knock-off, he has churned out an awful knock-off of awful movies. Though the dialogue and acting alone would make Captivity eligible for a Razzie Award, the movie boasted more continuity errors than a whole semester’s worth of student films. For example, while crawling away from her captor, Cuthbert’s character alternates skirts twice…in the same scene! Plus, the movie leaves no stone unturned-—if it may prove cringe-worthy (homoerotic brothers, body part health shakes), Captivity runs with it. If this garbage was ever screened as an in-flight movie, the passengers would probably stand up and walk out. Bottom line: The worms in Hostel’s sh*t could generate better thrills.
    Jeff B Super Reviewer

Captivity Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features