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I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 13, 2014
A moody, nasty-minded crime movie full of rage and anchored by some deep, moody visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
February 10, 2012
Based on a true story, its style is simple, direct, forceful -- even after more than six decades.
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
February 27, 2010
There's enough here to make I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang worthwhile, but its problems are deep enough to keep it a long way from sniffing greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 56/100
Matthew Sorrento
Bright Lights Film Journal
February 2, 2010
The film suggests the denial of the common worker, whose service to industry is only as worthy as his social status.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang is a picture with guts. It grips with its stark realism and packs lots of punch.
Emanuel Levy
August 17, 2006
One of the stronget Depression era's social protest films, this expose shattered audiences in its harrowing depiction of guards' brutalities and other inhuman conditions of prison chain gangs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
June 2, 2006
Suprisingly no-holds-barred portrait of institutional bullying for such an early film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Muni gives a brilliant performance as a regular guy wrongly convicted of murder and subjected to the hardships and beatings of a dehumanising chain gang regime.
Matthew Turner
September 1, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
May 22, 2005
The prison scenes are blatantly manipulative-and effective-but Fugitive really takes off during an intense escape sequence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Don Willmott
April 30, 2005
a dark and thrilling story that's all the more gripping because it's based on a true story
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 21, 2004
Paul Muni gives a heart-wrenching performance.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5

May 24, 2003
A searing Oscar-nominated performance from Paul Muni as the desperate James Allen and powerful uncompromising direction ensure that this film is as harrowing and vital today as it ever was.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
April 20, 2003
[A] difficult and heart-wrenching story of justice perverted.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 10, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Matt Bailey
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
April 4, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 19, 2003
Powerful social commentary and brilliant filmmaking.
| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 15, 2002
One of the great social dramas of all time. The finale is a knock-out. One of Muni's best performances.
| Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
January 1, 2000
One of the toughest movies ever made, an uncompromising and frightening film that lays bare the inhuman conditions of the penal system in post-WWI Georgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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