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Law Abiding Citizen Reviews

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September 11, 2017
There were surprises, twists and turns and could get graphic at times, but overall the movie was fast-paced, well performed, and kept your attention until the very end.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 29, 2011
Law Abiding Citizen may be the most nihilistic movie I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
October 21, 2010
It's exactly the kind of film the phrase 'by-the-numbers' was invented for, but like the best genre films, it acknowledges its niche and goes all out to top its predecessors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 9, 2010
One of the more repugnant examples of Hollywood's cheap-thrill approach to violence, its voyeuristic brutality is matched only by its innate stupidity.
April 15, 2010
The film can't seem to make up its mind whether it wants to be an audience pleasing popcorn treat or a serious, political thriller. It ends up being partly both... with varying degrees of success.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 16, 2010
Putting aside the ideological posturing, this hyper-violent fantasy about a seemingly unstoppable killer who continues his murder spree behind bars delivers on its promise of an intriguing mystery, however far-fetched.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 5, 2010
While one man's terrorist may be another's freedom fighter, it's not quite as simple when it comes to CIA operatives and your basic serial killer. Or rather, a CIA psycho family man that might make Jack The Ripper envious.
January 31, 2010
The diverting garbage that is Law Abiding Citizen would be more deplorable if it were possible to take this wholly implausible film seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
January 30, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 28, 2010
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''.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 28, 2010
A high-octane, high body-count thriller posing the question, how do you stop a psycho vigilante on a killing spree? Apparently, by any means necessary."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 26, 2010
Bloodshed and torture abound in this sadistic thriller with pretensions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
January 26, 2010
An entertaining thrill ride but not much more.
January 22, 2010
In another time and place, Law Abiding Citizen could have been an intelligent critique of a flawed criminal justice system. Instead, I present you Gerard Butler, ruthlessly hacking a guy into 25 little pieces.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 21, 2010
The screenplay mashes up its elements and develops as a hairbrained plot without enough character substanc
December 6, 2009
On a side note, can you believe the Oscar-winning star of RAY made a crack about Helen Keller?
December 4, 2009
What sours F Gary Gray's film is the drawn-out sadism of its violence - a depressing case of torture-porn methods infecting another genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 4, 2009
[It's] pretending to examine the nature of justice, test the parameters of law and probe the relationship between good and evil. But really it's just intent on blowing shit up.
December 4, 2009
Law Abiding Citizen tries to be two kinds of exploitation film at once, and it ends up as neither.
November 27, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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