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Midnight Express Reviews

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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.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of the most terrifying "prison flicks" you'll ever see.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 27, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Christopher Null
August 7, 2005
All modern-day jail flicks owe it a debt.
| 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.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 13, 2005
harrowing and involving
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 20, 2016
The prison scenes are nightmarish and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
April 9, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 19, 2004
Grim, nightmarish, unforgettabe prison tale
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 29, 2004
Intense, but somewhat false 'true' story distinguised by Parker's direction.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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