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Deliverance Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
November 8, 2016
Classic '70s adventure has brutal, disturbing violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 24, 2014
...an underwhelming adaptation of an underwhelming book.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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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TIME Magazine
August 24, 2008
Each of the four lead performances is exceptional, none more so than Burt Reynolds' beefy, supercilious Lewis.

Film4
August 24, 2008
A sad, brilliant reminder that sometimes people are the most threatening monsters of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
This is the most shocking and disturbing mainstream American horror film of the 1970s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
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
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
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
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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.

TV Guide
September 18, 2007
Morose, shockingly violent yet strangely beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
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.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
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
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
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
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
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
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a haunting, nightmarish vision.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
October 29, 2005
So good you'll squeal like a pig
| Original Score: 3/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 31, 2005
Boy's adventure story with adult incidents that's a near masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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