The Next Three Days Reviews

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation
January 27, 2013
This is Crowe's movie to carry and he does it with an earthy realism that reminds of the actor he is beneath the persona.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
The Next Three Days is kind of a throwback to the classic action movies Hollywood put out in the mid-nineties - the 'one man versus the world' era of thrillers, in which lantern-jawed heroes fight to save their family against improbable odds
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Beck
September 22, 2012
It's the kind of edge of your seat thriller that leaves you in constant suspense of how the situation will resolve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Managing to overcome the contrivances and implausibilities of the storyline, The Next Three Days succeeds through the sheer verisimilitude of the performances and direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 29, 2011
...The most effective scenes employ the Hitchcockian maxim that you can show a couple kissing for as long as you like provided there's a bomb under the bed. Haggis has plenty of bombs and plenty of beds to put them under.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
April 12, 2011
If it didn't feel like the movie took three days to get through, this could have been a pretty good thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Drew McWeeny
April 5, 2011
If I actually gave out star ratings or numerical scores, this one would be right on the fine line between pass and fail.
Eric D. Snider
April 4, 2011
The suspense isn't just dramatic. It's emotional.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dave White
April 4, 2011
This movie is from fancy Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis. In other words, you're supposed to take it all as seriously as he does. You may find that challenging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
March 23, 2011
Occasionally preposterous and bogged down by Haggis' usual lack of subtlety, but the film is also captivating and energetic, particularly during the thrilling final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
March 21, 2011
Haggis somehow pulls off a delicate balancing act -- a gravity-bound fantasy scenario -- showing us John's desperate, dark, human need while playing out made-for-movie scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Nick Rogers
March 19, 2011
Although no hidden gem, Russell Crowe certainly could've done much worse than filling Mel Gibson's family-man-of-action shoes. And Paul Haggis thankfully shelves his sociology-degree sermonizing for this pure-pulp prison-break thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
The bulk of The Next Three Days consists of the build-up to the escape plan, which is probably just as well since this is a thriller surprisingly light on thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marc Fennell
Triple J
March 1, 2011
Solid performances, beautiful camerawork. It just would've been nice if they'd included some more twists and turns in the otherwise decent script
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 25, 2011
Groans under the weight of director Paul Haggis' determination to transform a potentially gripping thriller into a meaningful 'human drama'...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
February 4, 2011
The film lacks a sense of inquiry, whether it's into the psychology of the characters or into the nature of the society that's wrongfully judged this woman.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
February 3, 2011
Perhaps best viewed when it hits DVD, and you can hit the fast-forward button as you see fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
February 3, 2011
There are a few moments which seem a little too neat but on the whole, this is a tense thriller that doesn't always choose the well-trodden path.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 2, 2011
A taut yet hopeful film that brings some credibility into the newest of film debates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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