Death Sentence


Death Sentence

Critics Consensus

A nonsensical plot and an absurd amount of violence make this revenge pic gratuitous and overwrought.



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Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when protecting his family.


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Critic Reviews for Death Sentence

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (89)

  • Bacon, as usual, is very good even when he's slumming, and as a trashy B-movie redo of Death Wish the movie works well enough for a Saturday afternoon with a case of brewskies.

    Jan 8, 2008 | Full Review…

    Mark Bourne
    Top Critic
  • This graphically violent film suffers from cursorily developed characters whose primary function is to advance the creaky plot.

    Dec 3, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The morality of revenge is barely at issue in a movie that pushes the plausibility of revenge right over a cliff.

    Sep 5, 2007 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • It's terrible and it's so disappointing because I love Kevin Bacon and I love Aisha [Tyler] and you have good actors here who are trapped.

    Sep 4, 2007
  • The result is such a mish-mash of conflicting tones and ideas that it doesn't play well on any level.

    Sep 1, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • . At both its best and worst, it feels like the missing third part of the faux retro double-bill Grindhouse.

    Aug 31, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Death Sentence

  • Dec 28, 2011
    James Wan shows potential for being a great director in "Death Sentence", but that's really all that's good about it. The editing is a frenzied mess, the music choice is sometimes oddly off-putting, it's about fifteen minutes too long, and even though it tries to be a tale of morality, it ends up being oddly hypocritical. One of the standout peformances comes from the menacing John Goodman, who growls beneath a layer of filth. It still amazes me how that man hasn't been nominated for an Academy Award.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2011
    Totally made my top ten favorite movies of all time so quickly, Kevin Bacon really pulls off this emotional character that had me in tears at some points. Revenge is a great story for a film and this original "Meet The Monster" type version is epic. Thank You!
    Shawn M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 17, 2011
    Risible revenge thriller with an incredibly over-the-top and unconvincing performance from the usually reliable Kevin Bacon, that tries to disguise what is basically an excuse for showing off excessive gore and blood make-up effects in an allegedly 'dark' vengeance story. There are huge, unforgivable plot holes and ridiculous contrivances, and the film is peppered with one-note characters and trite dialogue, not to mention horrendous music choices. Nothing of value here whatsoever.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Great suspenseful thriller. Pretty graphic but very entertaining. Grade: B+
    Matt G Super Reviewer

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