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The Life of David Gale Reviews

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October 5, 2018
I absolutely loved this movie
September 1, 2018
Great movie, great story ..... keeps ya thinking
March 10, 2018
A well made movie. Regardless of the harsh criticisms.
February 24, 2018
The Death Penalty opponents are depicted like blind fanatics.
Is it true?
October 10, 2017
David Gale (Kevin Spacey) is a man who has tried hard to live by his principles but in a bizarre twist of fate, this devoted father, popular professor and respected death penalty opponent finds himself on Death Row for the rape and murder of fellow activist Constance Hallaway (Laura Linney). With only three days before his scheduled execution, Gale agrees to give reporter Bitsey Bloom (Kate Winslet) the exclusive interview she's been chasing.
July 16, 2017
Guess what? Critics have destroyed yet another good movie! They hated "The Life of David Gale" so much because they merely focused on its moral message or, rather, on what they supposed was the moral message the film wants to convey. But WATCH IT! It is one of the best thrillers I have ever seen: it has suspense, a quick pace, very good performances and is original!
... Too often I have been getting angry because of the critics' reviews; it seems to me that they are not able to find and appreciate beauty but can only destroy the ideas of others. This pushed me to express myself: tonight, after having seen the ratings of this film, I have finally decided to create a Rotten Tomatoes account!
June 9, 2017
A very very surprising end !!! A diferrent movie from Kate
½ February 15, 2017
A little slow and the twist is pretty obvious but well acted and overall entertaining.
February 10, 2017
It's hard to explain why "The Life of David Gale" is so bad
February 4, 2017
One of my favorite movies
November 18, 2016
Very good movie that will keep you guessing until the very end! Although it develops at a slow but steady pace it gives you just enough suspense and mystery to stay the course. It tells the story of how easily a person's life can change for the worst. The critics of course can't imagine this happening in real life (maybe not every aspect) but student/teacher relationships, rape allegations that lead to your entire life falling apart before your eyes regardless if the charges are dropped the stigma stays with you forever. The world may not be used to martyrs because we're so selfish but for the message it's worth seeing!!
October 12, 2016
I'm not sure why all the negative critique, but it seems odd to observe a film fighting against death penalty to state in the end its necessity.
June 19, 2016
6/19/2016: A pretty good drama. An excellent cast and an interesting twist in the plot.
½ June 3, 2016
Twists and turns in a Capital Punishment flick. Anti-Capital Punishment Professor frames himself for murder to prove that innocent men can be put on death row, and killed, as a result of a faulty legal system.
March 11, 2016
Wow what a film! A for sure mind boggler.
½ January 24, 2016
Actually was pretty good. A little unrealistic on Winslet's discovery and timeline, though. Too many stupid mistakes.

Interesting end...
January 21, 2016
Wow! The critics were so harsh!! I thought it was a great story!!!
January 19, 2016
A great story of one man's life gone wrong and what he's willing to do to help change the ways in which we view death penalty. Kevin Spacey is brilliant once again. Also, fuck the critics! This is an entertaining movie.
½ November 28, 2015
A surprisingly disappointing film. The writing doesn't quite create a story I could care about. The camera work is fine, but nothing really compelling visually. The acting is solid, but the characters seem just surface deep...I never felt any of the emotions that seem to be pushed for me to feel. The music is overbearing and distracting quite a few times. It's not a bad made film, but it's far from Parker's best capabilities. At times I felt glimmers and reflections of what Parker had on Mississippi Burning, but this is nowhere near as good of a film as that one.
½ November 25, 2015
Saw this on 18/4/15
The life of David Gale benefits from stellar performances from Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet and Laura Linney, though Spacey could have been used for a bit more than this. It's a thriller with good cinematography and a unique background score. It's plot twists are good and it is not as offensive as the critics say it is, however, it may not be that realistic in all senses. It could have been done away with a better direction so as to have made it more thrilling.
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