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Dead Man Down Reviews

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Russell Hainline
Movie Mezzanine
February 6, 2014
It gives us no real themes to marinate upon, yet it gives us very little memorable action in which to revel. It's simply a mish-mosh and a shame.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
March 7, 2013
Revenge never felt less sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: **
Jack Giroux
Film School Rejects
August 11, 2014
The cast does all that they can, but, by the end, Dead Man Down plays as a confused, noble misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andy Lea
Daily Star
May 10, 2013
There are a couple of decent action scenes but this is just too ridiculous to be taken as seriously as it expects to be. With a slight re-edit, it could be re-released as Naked Gun 4.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Beck
We Got This Covered
July 8, 2013
While Dead Man Down has a talented cast in Farrell, Rapace, and Howard, it ends up being a rather bland take on the revenge thriller, offering nothing new or stimulating to the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Sawin
March 8, 2013
Dead Man Down is really sluggish at first, but tends to be really compelling in this overpowering "so bad it's good" kind of way. Good, bad, even "Dead Man Down" can't seem to decide.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
March 8, 2013
It doesn't help the effort to be serious when the villains are so cartoonish and simple they should've tried to plant their crime ring in Oz
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
March 7, 2013
The action merely meanders when it should be hurtling forward, running in circles when one expects it to head toward a conclusion or some sense of resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
May 3, 2013
By the time Dead Man Down descends into ultra-violence, you'll be long past caring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
March 8, 2013
Oh, to be Colin Farrell and look simply smashing in a pouring rainstorm, a raging wind tunnel or bleeding profusely from the head. Too bad he can't look good while acting out a bad screenplay. (Complete Content Details for Parents also available)
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
May 2, 2013
Any film in which Isabelle Huppert is cast and then given absolutely nothing to do is a crime against cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 7, 2013
Random, ridiculous, badly acted. Maybe it would make more sense in Swedish, with subtitles.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
May 4, 2013
As with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Oplev uses darkness to convey atmosphere despite the overt crispness of the movie's digital look. Some old-fashioned celluloid grain would have done it the world of good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Gallagher
The List
April 30, 2013
This convoluted thriller's nondescript title is a pointer to its flaws: unfocused and overlong, its swill of criminal characters and sub-plots feel like an unfinished work-in-progress ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
March 10, 2013
Explores a common ground for noir thrillers before stumbling and imploding in a climax that feels like it might have been hijacked from an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alonso Duralde
What the Flick?!
March 8, 2013
There's a crazypants crime movie and the damaged-people-find-each-other relationship movie, but together, it's a jambalaya that doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
May 2, 2013
You are left feeling sorry for the actors who do their best, including Britain's Dominic Cooper, wasted as a dorkish gangster colleague of Victor's.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jordan Hoffman
March 7, 2013
I can see people renting this over VOD. I can also see a lot of people turning to the person next to them on the couch and asking "do you want to finish this?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 8, 2013
Whoever made the trailer for Dead Man Down is a genius because that quick assembly of moments from the movie is exciting, clear and clever -- all the things the movie is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
May 2, 2013
This is too dull to function as a thriller and too silly to qualify as anything else.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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