The Next Three Days 2010

The Next Three Days

Critics Consensus

Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks give it their all, but their solid performances aren't quite enough to compensate for The Next Three Days' uneven pace and implausible plot.

50%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 167

66%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 51,660

Where to watch

Show all services

Rate And Review

User image

Verified

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)



  • You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Step 2 of 2

    How did you buy your ticket?

    Let's get your review verified.

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

    You're almost there! Just confirm how you got your ticket.

  • User image

    Super Reviewer

    Rate this movie

    Oof, that was Rotten.

    Meh, it passed the time.

    It’s good – I’d recommend it.

    Awesome!

    So Fresh: Absolute Must See!

    What did you think of the movie? (optional)

  • How did you buy your ticket?

    • Fandango

    • AMCTheatres.com or AMC AppNew

    • Cinemark Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Regal Coming Soon

      We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future.

    • Theater box office or somewhere else

The Next Three Days Photos

Movie Info

Life for John and Lara Brennan (Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks) is miserable after she is convicted of a murder she says she did not commit. Three years later while struggling with the demands of work and raising his son alone, John is still trying to establish her innocence. When her final appeal is rejected, Lara becomes suicidal, forcing John to exercise the only option he has left: Break her out of prison.

Cast & Crew

Russell Crowe
John Brennan
Elizabeth Banks
Lara Brennan
Brian Dennehy
George Brennan
Lennie James
Lt. Nabulsi
Helen Carey
Grace Brennan
Liam Neeson
Damon Pennington
Daniel Stern
Meyer Fisk
Kevin Corrigan
Alex
Paul Haggis
Screenwriter
Agnes Mentre
Executive Producer
Anthony Katagas
Executive Producer
Stéphane Fontaine
Cinematographer
Laurence Bennett
Production Design
Show all Cast & Crew

News & Interviews for The Next Three Days

Critic Reviews for The Next Three Days

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (83)

  • Even with an actor of Crowe's skill, it's hard to believe the mild, thoughtful John would take to the mean streets of Pittsburgh for fake IDs, blast his way into drug houses and such.

    August 12, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's an all-consuming task, and Crowe makes this obsessiveness plausible.

    February 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a terrific film with a final reel guaranteed to have you digging your fingers into your armrest.

    February 2, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Neither Crowe nor Banks matches the levels of determination and despair that Vincent Lindon and Diane Kruger brought to the same roles in the original film.

    January 10, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
    Top Critic
  • Unlike many regular thrillers, there is no comedy or cynicism to counterweight the absurdity, and not much actual excitement either.

    January 6, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Good fun for the last 90 minutes. Take a sandwich for the first 40.

    January 6, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Next Three Days

  • Mar 11, 2016
    There have been a few films like this and usually they are all pretty tame but thanks to Russel Crowe's brilliant performance he had me rooting for him, Ok the actual way the story was done wasn't amazingly done and the ending little twist I seen coming a mile away but we never really knew if they would escape or not or never knew if she did actually commit murder until the very end and I think maybe there could of been a few good shock twists that would of been brilliant, Still it's an edge of your seat crime/mystery and will be enjoyed by most.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2012
    This film should have gotten more attention when it originally came out. I missed it in theaters. I saw it on DVD. It was really good. It should have even gotten Oscar nominations for Crowe, Banks, and Haggis. I believe the studio didn't properly promote the film and released it at the wrong time. Haggis hits another home run with the film. A great script and a fast pace really keeps this film going. The performances of Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks are top notch here. They have an amazing on screen chemistry. You are rooting for them to escape. Everyone in the cast delivers. I definitely recommend this film.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2012
    Possible spoilers found here "The Next Three Days" presents itself with a bold moral view that challenges viewers with a difficult moral code to live by-- in particular, a man that is willing to risk everything for the sake of his spouse that is spending life in prison. It's definitely a courageous act when done under the umbrella of the law, but is it okay if you step outside into the rain? The film does touch upon the question, but half way through, you see where Paul Haggis, the writer and director, sides with: he embraces this moral viewpoint, no matter what the circumstances may be -- even if it leads to taking human lives and compromising the utmost important of laws. Haggis embraces this morale as a righteous, upright, and good act, even when the wife rightfully deserves it. It's a mess and it left me having a disgust towards the message of the movie. The worst part about it? At the end, "The Next Three Days" tries to tie it all off as if Russell Crowe's actions was the best possible decision one could make at such an occasion. At a technical standpoint, "The Next Three Days" is made with adequate technicalities, but the void between the transition of one technical method to another is lacking and sloppy. It's like an amateur that read up on all the things that make a movie a technically sound and cobbling them all up, resulting in an uneven and choppy motion picture. Russell Crowe does a commendable job but Elizabeth Banks was considerably lacking in the acting department. Some of the emotional scenes that demanded raw emotion to spew forth from her was not believable nor convincing. That's not to say that there are harrowing scenes, especially in the third act of the movie where the planning of the breakout comes to fruition, but before then, it's overly extended which hurts the pacing of the film. Was it an entertaining time? Sure, but it's hardly gonna be a memorable one. "The Next Three Days" is an effective thriller that exudes some of the most aggravatingly abominable moralistic teaching since recent filmmaking. Yeah, it's not like, "Let's embrace murder!", but it's the sly persuasive undertones that the film pitches at viewers is what's so bothersome. Films that compromise upright living such as this is one of the few aspectual reasons as to why children grow up with such flawed paradigms, because it embraces how no matter how you may feel, it's okay as long as it's a "righteous" act such as rescuing your loved one.
    Albert K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 22, 2012
    I enjoyed this movie - mostly because I'm from Pittsburgh and it was filmed there. This was definitely a more unusual prison break story seen from a completely different angle.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

The Next Three Days Quotes

Movie & TV guides