Law Abiding Citizen


Law Abiding Citizen

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 158


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Jamie Foxx stars as an assistant DA who finds himself at the mercy of a spiteful vigilante (Gerard Butler) hell-bent on avenging the death of his wife and daughter, whose murderers are set free due to legal loopholes. F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) directs from a script by Frank Darabont and Kurt Wimmer. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi


Jamie Foxx
as Nick Rice
Gerard Butler
as Clyde Shelton
Colm Meaney
as Detective Dunnigan
Bruce McGill
as Jonas Cantrell
Leslie Bibb
as Sarah Lowell
Michael Irby
as Detective Garza
Regina Hall
as Kelly Rice
Gregory Itzin
as Waren Iger
Christian Stolte
as Clarence Darby
Annie Corley
as Judge Laura Burch
Richard Portnow
as Billy Reynolds
Viola Davis
as Mayor April Henry
Josh Stewart
as Rupert Ames
Roger Bart
as Brian Bringham
Evan Hart
as Collins
Reno Laquintano
as Dwight Dixon
Jason Babinsky
as Del Frisco Waiter
Richard Barlow
as Older Cop
Greg Young
as SWAT Captain
Jim Gushue
as SWAT Troop #1
Anthony Lawton
as Trunk Cop
Julian Marzal
as Sheriff at Shed
David Villalobos
as Print Reporter
Ksenia Hulayev
as Clyde's Daughter
Brooke Stacy Mills
as Clyde's Wife
Brooke Mills
as Clyde's Wife
Bijean Ngo
as Marvelle
Cecelia Birt
as Nick's Assistant
Cecelia Ann Birt
as Nick's Assitant
Lamont Clayton
as FBI Agent
Lynn Boianelli
as Princess on Air Mattress
Dave Huddleston
as Newscaster at Execution
Gabra Zackman
as Another Reporter
Brian Anthony Wilson
as Homeland Security Supervisor
Stephanie Humphrey
as Local Newscaster #1
Tracy Toth
as Local Newscaster #2
Patrick F. McDade
as Charlie - City Hall Security
Jim Fitzpatrick
as Messenger
Barbara Lambert
as Bailiff #2
Timothy Whiteside
as Prison Guard
Nakia Dillard
as City Hall Sheriff
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Critic Reviews for Law Abiding Citizen

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (117)

  • 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''.

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

    Jan 26, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | 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.

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

    Nigel Floyd

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

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

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • It's silly and nasty at the same time: not a good combination.

    Nov 27, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The film doesn't take itself too seriously and there are enough cool deaths and thrills to entertain despite the ridiculous premise.

    Nov 27, 2009

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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