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Deliverance Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
A fantasy about violence, not a realistic consideration of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
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.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 24, 2014 underwhelming adaptation of an underwhelming book.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
So many of Dickey's lumpy narrative ideas remain in his screenplay that John Boorman's screen version becomes a lot less interesting than it has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
It reminds us how thin the veneer of civilization is, how little it takes to wipe that veneer away and how little protection it affords in the face of danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
June 29, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
October 29, 2005
So good you'll squeal like a pig
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 5, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
September 19, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
December 1, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
August 7, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
January 26, 2006
It's a haunting, nightmarish vision.
Christopher Null
January 21, 2003
A landmark in movie history.
| Original Score: 5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 7, 2002
Boorman's violent and vivid parable brilliantly captures the sinister quality of the mountain country when a band of city slickers are menaced in the wilderness.
Jeremy Heilman
November 27, 2002
The times when Deliverance really comes alive are when the actors shut up and the action takes over, which fortunately happens quite often.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 15, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 15, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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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