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The Life of David Gale Reviews

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March 6, 2003
Grading on the curve, I give it high marks for trying something different, but somewhat lower ones for entertainment value.
March 4, 2003
a serviceable thriller, albeit one with some serious logic gaps and narrative loopholes
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2003
The type of preaching the choir would walk out on.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 2, 2003
Any dialectic concerning the ethical-moral issues of execution is overridden and undermined when the Hollywood murder-mystery formula takes the front seat.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 2, 2003
Low thrills and high dudgeon are a bad mix.
March 1, 2003
I don't like being lied to. I don't like being cheated. I don't like being manipulated by a filmmaker willing to negate his entire story for the sake of cleverness or a cheap thrill. It should come as no surprise that I didn't like 'The Life of David Gal
| Original Score: 1/4
March 1, 2003
A movie that keeps telling you that you are supposed to respect it that fails miserably at almost ever turn.
February 28, 2003
The difference here is that "Gale" addresses death without bringing anything new or interesting to the discussion. It is shocking when it should be insightful, time and again turning to its idiotic thriller subplot before its philosophical debate gets int
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 27, 2003
First-time screenwriter Charles Randolph has figured out a way to combine his message movie with a more generic race-against-time thriller. And while the combination provides a kind of novelty that works for a while, it ultimately falls apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 27, 2003
We can't trust [Spacey], not with that Verbal Kint glint in his eye.
February 27, 2003
Turns out to be not much more than a high-concept question padded out to feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 27, 2003
It's far too contrived and implausible a house of cards.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
February 26, 2003
...a mundane and manipulative crime thriller that doesn't have anything new to say...Parker doesn't know when to appropriately distribute or neutralize the tension of his toxic storyline in subtle, heartfelt strokes
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 26, 2003
It's a pleasure to watch these excellent actors politely unfold the origami tale.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
February 26, 2003
It's hard to explain why "The Life of David Gale" is so bad...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
February 26, 2003
It's lazy filmmaking for a lazy audience, and it's truly shameful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
February 26, 2003
The movie shoots itself not only in the foot but in the bleeding heart as well, offering a series of (mostly predictable) plot twists that undermine every point that Parker and his posse were trying to make.
| Original Score: 1/4
February 25, 2003
[It] requires an audience capable of overlooking its preachy manipulations, non-descript filmmaking, and senseless ending all because they find its ideology reasonable.
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February 25, 2003
Bad movies are easy to make, but as this overheated and self-defeating propaganda piece shows, it takes a genuinely talented group of people to come up with the most astonishing botch jobs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
February 25, 2003
As a thriller -- despite its implausibilities -- it's really a pretty darn good movie. Parker's signature atmosphere and his uncanny precision in editing are very much in evidence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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