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Midnight Express Reviews

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March 20, 2016
The prison scenes are nightmarish and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 15, 2011
It defined the hell of a Turkish prison whil portraying the humanity needed to survive such a terrible place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 22, 2009
a brutal and brutalizing film whose effects have diminished little in the decades since its controversial theatrical release in the late 1970s
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 21, 2009
Strong stuff indeed...swells proportional sight and sound subjectively to convey Hayes' nightmarish experience but also hypes up a story that probably doesn't need the help. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 19, 2009
A solid prison film that feels so real that if you heard a voiceover you'd swear it was a documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 26, 2009
Horrific scenes of prison brutality and powerful acting by Brad Davis as the American Billy Hayes help make up for the shortcomings in Alan Parker's sensationalistic tale and Oliver Stone's factual inaccuracies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 21, 2008
Despite the negative hullabaloo "Midnight Express" provoked for its brutal characterization of Turkish prison officials, director Alan Parker's rendering of Oliver Stone's exploitation screenplay is a stick of pure cinematic dynamite.
Full Review | Original Score: A
February 8, 2008
Director Alan Parker's right. His 1978 riveting prison drama still holds up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 5, 2005
Searing and unforgettable. A harrowing descent into a real-life hell that's so relentlessly intense it will leave you feeling drained.
| Original Score: 5/5
August 7, 2005
All modern-day jail flicks owe it a debt.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 13, 2005
harrowing and involving
| Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2004
Grim, nightmarish, unforgettabe prison tale
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
March 10, 2004
Suffers from the kind of excess -- and hyperbole -- writer Oliver Stone brought to his own films as director.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 29, 2004
Intense, but somewhat false 'true' story distinguised by Parker's direction.
| Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2004
Alan Parker's Midnight Express works like a hammer lock on the viewer's mind.
March 20, 2003
A genuinely disturbing prison film in the tradition of PAPILLON
| Original Score: 4/5
February 4, 2003
Anyone thinking of smuggling drugs into a foreign country should watch this first.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2002
One of the most terrifying "prison flicks" you'll ever see.
| Original Score: 5/5
January 1, 2000
Midnight Express walks a fine line between portraying Hayes as a victim or a criminal.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
April 9, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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