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Law Abiding Citizen Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
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
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
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
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
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
Prairie Miller
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.
Giles Hardie
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
Kam Williams
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
Julian Shaw
FILMINK (Australia)
January 26, 2010
An entertaining thrill ride but not much more.
Limara Salt
Little White Lies
November 27, 2009
The film doesn't take itself too seriously and there are enough cool deaths and thrills to entertain despite the ridiculous premise.
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
November 27, 2009
Hollywood hokum of the tallest order. Riddled with supernova-sized plot holes and soaked in clichés, it's that rare breed of film that succeeds despite its credibility-straining premise and black and white morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
November 27, 2009
Foxx is perfectly cast as the moral compass of the film, but it's Butler's edgy portrayal, walking a thin line between madness and genius, which leaves a lasting impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
November 27, 2009
Arguably the most preposterous picture of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrew O'Hagan
London Evening Standard
November 27, 2009
With film, the question is not always, "Do I believe it?"; more often, it is "Do they believe it?" And in the case of Law Abiding Citizen they believe it so much that revenge becomes a thing you can taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
November 27, 2009
Dodgy politics aside, Law Abiding Citizen is a slickly made, trashily entertaining thriller that builds to a suitably explosive climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
November 27, 2009
If you want a crazy mix of Saw and Shawshank, where a lot of people get killed in nasty ways and Gerard Butler gets his bum out, then this is a decent bet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 27, 2009
A morally dubious, deliriously demented thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 30, 2009
full review on Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Diana Saenger
October 21, 2009
Director F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) heightens a sense of anticipation with his deft direction, and Butler delivers an excellent performance as a brainiac who can outthink a horde of law officials.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
October 18, 2009
Pervasively absurd yet generally entertaining...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Crum
October 18, 2009
Despite the gore, which is marginally justified to drive the revenge aspect, the film is worth seeing for the clever plot turn finale as well as above average performances by leads Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Victoria Alexander
October 17, 2009
Revenge is a dish best served cold by a very angry, naked Gerard Butler.
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