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Deliverance Reviews

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November 8, 2016
Classic '70s adventure has brutal, disturbing violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 24, 2014 underwhelming adaptation of an underwhelming book.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
August 19, 2014
Boorman's film still speaks to us in profound ways, as if to indicate hidden wisdom has long rested in frames glossed up by a once-shocking philosophy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 13, 2012
This powerful adaptation of James Dickey's best-selling novel finds director John Boorman establishing a sense of menace almost from the start, and the "squeal like a pig" sequence continues to haunt viewers even decades after the fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 3, 2012
Boorman's interpretation of the material resulted in an American cinematic classic built not only on shock and awe, but emotional subtlety. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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August 24, 2008
Each of the four lead performances is exceptional, none more so than Burt Reynolds' beefy, supercilious Lewis.
August 24, 2008
A sad, brilliant reminder that sometimes people are the most threatening monsters of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 7, 2007
This is the most shocking and disturbing mainstream American horror film of the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 30, 2007
As coffin nails for the sixties go, this negation of all ideological idealism is a pretty final one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 24, 2007
No movie in the history of American cinema has struck fear in the hearts of men as Deliverance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2007
John Boorman's 1972 film of the James Dickey novel has a beautiful visual style that balances the film's machismo message.
September 18, 2007
Morose, shockingly violent yet strangely beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 18, 2007
It's the stuff of which slapdash oaters and crime programmers are made but the obvious ambitions of Deliverance are supposed to be on a higher plane.
September 16, 2007
This ultra-violent powerful adventure, which deals with serious, metaphysical issues of survival and civilization vs. wilderness, boasts eerie images and awesome sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 6, 2007
It's a movie of contrasts, the primary one emphasizing the differences between modern Man, with his impulse to change things, and primal Nature, with its pristine beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 27, 2007
This man-versus-nature story is also about man indulging his most uncivilized instincts, and in their various ways the four men on the canoe trip are transformed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 26, 2006
It's a haunting, nightmarish vision.
October 29, 2005
So good you'll squeal like a pig
| Original Score: 3/5
October 9, 2005
This unnerving outdoor adventure still ranks as the best film of Burt Reynolds' up and down career. And you'll never forget what happens to Ned Beatty.
| Original Score: 5/5
July 31, 2005
Boy's adventure story with adult incidents that's a near masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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