Law Abiding Citizen 2009

Law Abiding Citizen

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Unnecessarily violent and unflinchingly absurd, Law Abiding Citizen is plagued by subpar acting and a story that defies reason.

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Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an honorable family man, until the day his wife and daughter are murdered in a home invasion. He hopes for justice, but a rising prosecutor named Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx) cuts a deal with one of the killers in exchange for testimony. Ten years later, that man is found dead and Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he hands Rice an ultimatum: Fix the broken legal system or suffer the consequences.

Cast & Crew

Jamie Foxx
Nick Rice
Gerard Butler
Clyde Shelton
Colm Meaney
Det. Dunnigan
Bruce McGill
Jonas Cantrell
Leslie Bibb
Sarah Lowell
Michael Irby
Det. Garza
Gregory Itzin
Warden Iger
Regina Hall
Kelly Rice
Christian Stolte
Clarence Darby
Kurt Wimmer
Screenwriter
Mark Gill
Producer
Neil Sacker
Executive Producer
Michael Goguen
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Critic Reviews for Law Abiding Citizen

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  • For large portions of Law Abiding Citizen we're not sure who is going to be the winner here, nor who we want to be, and though it won't make for much of a date flick, as far as intelligent action flicks go, it gets two big burly thumbs up.

    January 30, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • While Law Abiding Citizen is in no sense a successful work of art, a film that offers the illicit thrill of cheering on an all-American terrorist is at least pursuing something more complex than ''moral clarity''.

    January 28, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Bloodshed and torture abound in this sadistic thriller with pretensions.

    January 26, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The film's entertainment value resides almost entirely in the ingenuity of Butler's modus operandi; but this is cancelled out by the film's underlying stupidity.

    November 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Sadly, there's nothing here but bloody off-cuts from 'Death Wish', 'Saw' and 'The Silence of the Lambs', in roughly that order.

    November 27, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
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  • Full of incoherent, spitting rage, ignorant, paranoid violence and a complete lack of internal logic.

    November 27, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Law Abiding Citizen

  • Feb 29, 2016
    One of the early takes of the by now popular be-careful-who-you-mess-with cautionary revenge epics Hollywood produces, cause-he-might-be-a-retired-super-spy. Tension is quickly ratcheted up and stays there until the conclusion, all performers ably contributing. A decent thriller.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2013
    Fun and exciting. I enjoyed it a great deal.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jan 10, 2013
    Law Abiding Citizen is entertaining, but not much else. The plot is so implausible and unbelievable that it's almost laughable. Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx as well as the rest of the cast deliver sup-par performances as well making Law Abiding Citizen an entertaining, confusing, implausible mess. Don't waste your time unless you want a brainless action movie.
    Raymond W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2012
    "Law Abiding Citizen" is a remarkable adrenaline-pumping movie experience that is unexpectedly very intriguing. This is one of the few movies that has the audience take sides of the antagonist rather than the protagonist; and although the movie had a remarkable plot, the ending was unfulfilling and implausible to conclude the movie as 'fully satisfying'.
    Dutch E Super Reviewer

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