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Death Sentence Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
October 9, 2009
It's a gritty, adrenaline-soaked thriller -- and if that's as deep as you care to dig, you'll be entertained. But for those who care to contemplate, it's quite a bit more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 17, 2008
It's a powerful, visceral revenge flick, and Kevin Bacon does a fine acting job bringing the vigilante to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Urban Cinefile
April 26, 2008
A gritty and gripping revenge fantasy %u2026 Kevin Bacon's talent and persona to make us sit up and take notice
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 18, 2008
I really enjoyed what [it] had to offer with takes on morals, war, and the damage violence can do to people in its grasp...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 8, 2008
Death Sentence tries to do two things: be a stirring family drama and a balls-out gore soaked revenge flick. It achieves only one of those goals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 13, 2007
...the film's schizophrenic nature eventually proves to be its downfall...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
IGN Movies
September 10, 2007
Death Sentence is a better film than many might expect and also delivers several good doses of action for fans of shoot 'em-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric D. Snider
September 5, 2007
Bacon's performance ensures that even at its most bombastic, the film remains grounded in truth.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Harvey S. Karten
September 4, 2007
Charles Bronson is alive and well in the form of Kevin Bacon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Ferraro
Film Threat
September 1, 2007
What begins as a family drama centered around the tragic loss of their son, somehow manages to turn into an over-the-top action extravaganza.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
September 1, 2007
Death Sentence is a wonderfully tight little thriller, the kind of statement cinema an up and coming filmmaker needs to establish his overall eagerness to achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dustin Putman
September 1, 2007
As entertainment, the film is equally unpleasant and captivating. As a more serious drama, it alternates between heartbreaking and heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
August 31, 2007
God is busy. Sometimes He needs help.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 31, 2007
It's got style to burn and is more gruesome that any schlock-horror gorefest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pam Grady
August 31, 2007
Death Sentence is not exactly a fun time at the movies, but it is riveting.
| Original Score: 3/4
Scott Weinberg
August 31, 2007
The lesser moments still work because of Bacon's commitment to the part, and the better components are a firm indication that James Wan is improving with each successive film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
August 31, 2007
An old-school exploitation picture, polished off with a modern sensibility by Saw director James Wan.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 31, 2007
There is a courtroom scene of true surprise and suspense, and some other effective moments, but basically this is a movie about a lot of people shooting at each other.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matthew Turner
August 31, 2007
Death Sentence seesaws wildly between being both brilliant and terrible, but ultimately it's worth seeing for some terrific action sequences and Bacon's committed performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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