Midnight Express Reviews

Page 1 of 2
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
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
Emanuel Levy
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
Cole Smithey
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
Kent Turner
February 8, 2008
Director Alan Parker's right. His 1978 riveting prison drama still holds up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
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
Christopher Null
August 7, 2005
All modern-day jail flicks owe it a debt.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 13, 2005
harrowing and involving
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 19, 2004
Grim, nightmarish, unforgettabe prison tale
| Original Score: 5/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 10, 2004
Suffers from the kind of excess -- and hyperbole -- writer Oliver Stone brought to his own films as director.
| Original Score: 1/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 29, 2004
Intense, but somewhat false 'true' story distinguised by Parker's direction.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 24, 2004
Alan Parker's Midnight Express works like a hammer lock on the viewer's mind.
Brian Mckay
March 20, 2003
A genuinely disturbing prison film in the tradition of PAPILLON
| Original Score: 4/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 4, 2003
Anyone thinking of smuggling drugs into a foreign country should watch this first.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of the most terrifying "prison flicks" you'll ever see.
| Original Score: 5/5
Mike DeWolfe
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Midnight Express walks a fine line between portraying Hayes as a victim or a criminal.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 9, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Page 1 of 2