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Death Sentence Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 29, 2007
An unsatisfying and not-that-smart vigilante thriller.
| Original Score: 2/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
August 31, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 31, 2007
makes no pretense to be anything other than pulp junk. Those who haven't been inured to this sort of graphic, gritty, limbs-blownoff style of cinematic violence should be forewarned
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
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James Berardinelli
September 1, 2007
The result is such a mish-mash of conflicting tones and ideas that it doesn't play well on any level.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 3, 2007
There's about six degrees of separation between this and a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 8, 2007
The best that can be said about 'Death Sentence' is that it doesn't try to be too deep or arty.
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
September 14, 2007
Think of it as one long worship service in the Church of Vigilante Justice.
| Original Score: C
Robert Newton
Christian Science Monitor
August 30, 2007
With the subtlety of a bulldozer comes this dubiously pedigreed revenge thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Edward Douglas
August 31, 2007
Might have been accepted as a classic modern grindhouse flick if any of its inherent humor were even remotely intentional.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
September 4, 2007
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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 30, 2007
Even as the film slides into unintentional comedy, it's almost redeemed by John Goodman's demented supporting performance as a mysterious character who, in a better film, would have held the key to everything.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Christian Toto
Washington Times
February 4, 2008
This Sentence is as grisly and violent as the trailer portends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
August 31, 2007
It turns out Wan is a legitimately atrocious filmmaker, and Sentence is his Exile on Main St. of awful.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
August 30, 2007
More tainted yuppie superhero wet dream, than the original Charles Bronson anti-inner city backlash burb paranoid freakout. And as a result, the lines are more clearly drawn as to distributed dark sides of these sympathy-challenged characters.
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Beth Accomando
September 2, 2007
As Hume's life spirals out of control, so too does the film. Director James Wan... fails at the finer emotional details and at making the action play out believably.
Joshua Tyler
August 31, 2007
The only thing worse than the movie's cliché vengeance script is the clunky way James Wan directs it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 31, 2007
Is the movie trying to show how bloodlust and revenge can destroy a person? If so, it simultaneously revels in violence. Trying to have it both ways diminishes the entire undertaking, rendering it despicably hypocritical.
| Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 6, 2007
The practical side, the details of the plot, run to the ridiculous and dampen the film's more prickly parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Adam Fendelman
September 21, 2007
Don't hire Kevin Bacon for a role you wrote for Charles Bronson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
August 31, 2007
By the end, many will be outraged by the sheer irresponsibility of it all. The rest will be too busy laughing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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