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Law Abiding Citizen Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 29, 2011
Law Abiding Citizen may be the most nihilistic movie I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 16, 2009
It's a "Who dies next?" slasher film masquerading as a revenge thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK
October 16, 2009
Avoid this drivel at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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James Berardinelli
October 16, 2009
The more Kurt Wimmer's screenplay reveals about the lead character's scheme, the more difficult it is to believe that Law Abiding Citizen is intended to be taken seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
October 15, 2009
This is not just a bad film; it is a despicable one.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: F
October 16, 2009
The movie remains admittedly entertaining, mainly because it's so shamelessly ridiculous that you can't believe an Oscar-winning actor (Jamie Foxx) can get through this thing with a straight face.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laila Hassani
Heat Magazine
November 27, 2009
Wildly implausible tosh.
| Original Score: 2/5
Simon Foster
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.
Adam Lippe
November 6, 2009
It's never clear how we're supposed to feel about Butler and when he's gone too far. Should he kill the judge? Maybe the court clerk for filing the paperwork?
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
October 16, 2009
Implausible and pandering.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
October 16, 2009
Not so much a whodunit as a howdhedoit that will frustrate any intelligent viewer
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Anders Wotzke
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
Paul Chambers
November 11, 2009
Entertaining, without making sense. Film tries to say something about the judicial system, but fails badly. Nevertheless, an intriguing idea. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James Rocchi
October 15, 2009
Law Abiding Citizen goes well beyond the realm of, to use a piece of legal terminology, reasonable doubt and hits the hammer until it arrives at the neighborhood of sheer ridiculousness with its tires smoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Clay Cane
October 20, 2009
What might've saved the movie is if Viola Davis was the one who was wronged by the justice system and seeking revenge. Ms. Viola could read the back of a Listerine bottle and make it award-worthy!
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
October 15, 2009
Vigilante movies hold a firm place in cinematic history, but for them to work, the vigilante needs to be a sympathetic anti-hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 15, 2009
An implausible thriller with a few horror elements in the guise of social criticism.
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
October 16, 2009
The film suffers from one unfortunate affliction: It makes absolutely no sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
October 16, 2009
"Final Destination" meets "Saw" meets disaster.
| Original Score: 1/5
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