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The Life of David Gale Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Junkee
January 13, 2014
...one of the most offensively cheap and concocted 'twist' endings of all time
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 20, 2003
An obvious and smug sermon on the death penalty.
| Original Score: 2/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
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
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
May 28, 2003
Dead Man Walking if written by Charlie Kaufman.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 21, 2003
I am sure the filmmakers believe their film is against the death penalty. I believe it supports it and hopes to discredit the opponents of the penalty as unprincipled fraudsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 20, 2003
Somewhere between potboiler and polemic, this overripe melodrama signals every one of its plot twists as hamhandedly as it bangs out its message.
| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
An overripe melodrama -- a time waster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
February 22, 2003
It's what you'd expect, but not what you'd hope for, from a February release. And it's starting, alarmingly, to be what you'd expect from a Kevin Spacey movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
February 21, 2003
This Kevin Spacey/Kate Winslet death row drama has pretensions of grandeur and a script that would shame Nancy Drew.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 11, 2003
Contrivances and manipulation at the expense of character rob its dramatic developments of even a hint of veracity.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 20, 2003
Its heart is in the right place, for sure, but its script needs to be in a rewrite place.
| Original Score: 2/4
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
June 5, 2003
LThe Life of David Gale goes quietly into that good night during the doldrums of February, when studios discard their noble failures. . .
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 23, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
February 22, 2003
It's an average movie of average intellect with mostly average acting, but with below-average skill at presenting its message.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Stratton
Variety
February 11, 2003
Punches the expected buttons without being entirely convincing.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
February 24, 2003
There are few things more depressing than a bad film about an important subject. The Life of David Gale takes it one step further: it's a silly, ludicrous, utterly laughable film about a very important subject.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
February 20, 2003
Parker's tendency to smash through stories ends up being brutal on Spacey and Winslet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 24, 2003
Director Alan Parker pitches the melodrama on high boil, and his way of dealing with all the holes in Randolph's plot is to place huge, almost defiant exclamation points around them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com
February 20, 2003
Spacey's typically solid acting cancels out Winslet's overwrought airhead character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 20, 2003
Parker uses the same overbearing touch in David Gale that he did in Angela's Ashes and Mississippi Burning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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