A Private War
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[A] really awful, hysterical thriller.
This blatant button-pusher plays upon our most primal emotions as well as the increasing disdain for the criminal justice system.
A B movie that somehow won the lottery and got an A-movie cast and director.
The characterisation is so thin, and the plotting so crude, it's only the violence which sets this apart from the banalities of TV fare.
Never in his varied career has Mr. Schlesinger made a film as mean-spirited and empty as this.
Dumb dips from oppressive to offensive in this Sally Field suspense drama, which actually comes out for vigilantism.
With a cynical eye for the bottom line.
Although it poses the interesting moral dilemma behind taking the law into your own hands, Schlesinger's film borders on the distasteful in its portrayal of rape and murder.
Any pretence of thoughtful debate has long since been abandoned.
Directed by John Schlesinger from a screenplay by the Posse Comitatus.
Falls as flat as a flapjack
Much too overwrought and ridiculous to be taken seriously.
Outdated & by all means an avoidable flick.
Decent, but flawed thriller, Eye for an Eye could have been much better than what it turned out to be. The script has a good idea for a plot, but it definitely could have used a few rewrites because the finished the film seems to struggle in delivering great thrills. There things that I liked about the film, but overall I felt that the film had too much wasted potential on-screen. Kiefer Sutherland is a great villain in the film, and his performance makes the film worth watching despite its flaws. Director John Schlesinger could have done a bit better and considering that this is a revenge thriller, the way the film could have ended up could have turned out so much better if the script was better written, and some parts would have been rewritten. Eye for an Eye is a prime example of a decent flick that could have been much better, but ended up of falling flat of its mark. This is not a bad film, but it could have been so much better. The strength of the film lies in Sutherland's performance. As a whole this is an entertaining flick that I liked somewhat, but I did feel that it could have been much better than what it turned out to be. If you want a mindless, somewhat predictable thriller, then give this film a shot. However keep your expectations low on this one as it doesn't try to do anything creative to elevate the boundaries of the genre. Enjoyable, but flawed, Eye for an Eye is the type of film that you watch on a rainy night when there's nothing else better to do.
I expected more from the director of Midnight Cowboy, Makes a few fair points but overall disappointing
The film is slickly mad and suspenseful, but manipulative and unpleasant; under the lynch-mob surface there are hints of a more honest, thoughtful film about grief, loss, and anger.
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