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Death Sentence Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
January 8, 2008
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.
December 3, 2007
This graphically violent film suffers from cursorily developed characters whose primary function is to advance the creaky plot.
September 5, 2007
The morality of revenge is barely at issue in a movie that pushes the plausibility of revenge right over a cliff.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
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
August 31, 2007
. At both its best and worst, it feels like the missing third part of the faux retro double-bill Grindhouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 31, 2007
It's got style to burn and is more gruesome that any schlock-horror gorefest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 31, 2007
As rancid as its title is lurid, an example of pulp fiction run amok.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
August 31, 2007
Blunt, bloody and far too busy with its sledgehammer plot and mighty gunplay to waste time on the main character's inner life, Death Sentence is a baseline entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 31, 2007
If only the world were a more peaceful place, we wouldn't have to sit through movies like Death Sentence.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 31, 2007
Fails to provide any sort of genuine social context for its violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 31, 2007
Bacon's performance in Saw creator James Wan's laughably extreme revenge thriller Death Sentence is six degrees of ham.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
August 31, 2007
An old-school exploitation picture, polished off with a modern sensibility by Saw director James Wan.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 31, 2007
It may be the most depressing action movie ever made. Its calamities are well staged, and its acting, beyond some histrionics, is fine. But you don't enjoy this film; you endure it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 31, 2007
Both the story and (literal) execution here are cheap and somewhat embarrassing for Bacon and company. Kill this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
August 31, 2007
Death Sentence evokes the low-down spirit of an early-'70s exploitation flick, something that might have filled the undercard at a drive-in or a long-in-the-tooth movie palace.
Read More | Original Score: C+
August 31, 2007
Death Sentence has a crude, naturalistic style that fails to disguise the fact that its twists and turns become increasingly preposterous.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 31, 2007
Utterly humorless and unrelentingly grim. Giving it a grainy, washed-out, fidgety look and choreographing scenes to create an atmosphere of claustrophobic disorientation, Mr. Wan has made a movie that is literally unpleasant to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
Top Critic
August 31, 2007
The cynics will slap their foreheads, the squeamish will cover their eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 31, 2007
From the perfect family home movies that open the film, to its unconvincing 'urban' settings, Death Sentence is one-dimensional, cliched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 31, 2007
A tedious, pandering time-waster.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 31, 2007
Awesomely bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 30, 2007
Death Sentence takes the pulp revenge thriller to the edge. And then falls off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 30, 2007
This well-made, often intensely gripping genre piece packs some bizarre tonal extremities and a few moments of self-critique into its tale of a grieving father seeking his own brand of justice.
August 30, 2007
Watching this crude vigilante thriller feels more like a life sentence.
August 30, 2007
[An] exercise in do-it-yourself-justice-mongering.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 30, 2007
In Death Sentence, Kevin Bacon may not be the baddest dad who ever cocked a shotgun to defend his family, but he's the most insanely resolute -- and the least understandable.
August 30, 2007
Death Sentence most certainly is not a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 29, 2007
An unsatisfying and not-that-smart vigilante thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5