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Death Sentence Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
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.
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
This graphically violent film suffers from cursorily developed characters whose primary function is to advance the creaky plot.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 1, 2007
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
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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
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
August 31, 2007
As rancid as its title is lurid, an example of pulp fiction run amok.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 31, 2007
If only the world were a more peaceful place, we wouldn't have to sit through movies like Death Sentence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 31, 2007
Fails to provide any sort of genuine social context for its violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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
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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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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 31, 2007
Death Sentence has a crude, naturalistic style that fails to disguise the fact that its twists and turns become increasingly preposterous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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+
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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
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Boston Globe
August 31, 2007
The cynics will slap their foreheads, the squeamish will cover their eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
August 31, 2007
A tedious, pandering time-waster.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
August 31, 2007
Awesomely bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 30, 2007
Death Sentence takes the pulp revenge thriller to the edge. And then falls off.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
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.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 30, 2007
Watching this crude vigilante thriller feels more like a life sentence.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 30, 2007
[An] exercise in do-it-yourself-justice-mongering.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 30, 2007
Death Sentence most certainly is not a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 29, 2007
An unsatisfying and not-that-smart vigilante thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5