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The Next Three Days Reviews

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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
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 5, 2011
In the third act, both Haggis and his actors kick it into high gear, leading to a breathless chase sequence, the outcome of which is unpredictable to the last moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 22, 2010
In its final half-hour, all the stops are pulled. The movie is still wildly implausible but at least it's hurtling forward.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Denby
New Yorker
November 22, 2010
The movie is a caper without playfulness or wit -- it's accomplished but not much fun.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
November 19, 2010
Haggis knows that the question isn't only can he do it, but should he?
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 19, 2010
It's laughably, eye-rollingly absurd, so you don't watch it and wonder, "Hey, why not?" You endure it and wonder, "So ... why did they do that?"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 19, 2010
An okay thriller with lots of smart flourishes, The Next Three Days has us hooked early on but never quite gets us in the boat
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 19, 2010
Not much more than a meticulously detailed, very long instructional video.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 19, 2010
Suspenseful if not wholly believable, the main problem with The Next Three Days is it lasts about a half day too long.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 19, 2010
The characters are so vivid that the suspense never lags.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 19, 2010
Paul Haggis gets us so engrossed watching the gears slowly mesh in his prison-break drama The Next Three Days, it's disconcerting when the machine finally clanks noisily into action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2010
Alas, Haggis' commitment to bringing out the truth of the premise turns the "The Next Three Days" into a downbeat film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 19, 2010
I didn't buy how "The Next Three Days" plays out -- but I almost bought it, and that's good enough for a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 19, 2010
It plods along dutifully, with the occasional zigzag into contrivance, tidy coincidence and outright preposterousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
November 18, 2010
It swings between being a whodunit and a guns-blazing romp. By film's end, you may not be sure what it is, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 18, 2010
Haggis seems obsessed with making sure we "get it" in every scene. You can almost feel the hammer poised right above your head to pound the point home. Beyond that, the film is too long on exposition in some places, too short in others, never just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
November 18, 2010
The Next Three Days wants to be clever. It wants to be taut and suspenseful, tricky and exciting. To be fair, the movie manages to conjure small moments of all those things. But by the end, it's succeeded at none of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 18, 2010
The Next Three Days offers enough suspense to make it worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 18, 2010
Mr. Haggis deserves props for shattering the myth that all Prius drivers are good. But his movie wears you down while it's whipping you up.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 18, 2010
It's a cool, engrossing thriller; intelligent, packed with shivering suspense, populated with marvelous characters and (unless you've seen the French original, "Pour Elle") impressively unpredictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 18, 2010
Crowe and Banks actually make "The Next Three Days" work better than it deserves to; its pacing is off, and things don't really get moving until the final, electric half-hour or so.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 18, 2010
The Next Three Days is genre fare -- no pretensions, no nonsense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 18, 2010
A name filmmaker and star trying with all their might to pump a slender genre flick into an Oscar-caliber action-drama -- and failing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 18, 2010
While it's a relief to see Haggis not preaching about, say, the evils of racism, he doesn't wholly embrace the genre assignment, which leaves him perpetually a beat or two behind.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 18, 2010
It's damn hard to enjoy a thriller when you don't, won't, can't believe a word of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 18, 2010
Despite Crowe's indisputable ability to transform himself and dig deep for every character he plays, we never get a sense of whether crafting this plot weighs on John's conscience.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 18, 2010
...watching Haggis simply work the pulses, guts and adrenal glands of the audience is decidedly more pleasant than having him clamber into our laps to appeal to our hearts, minds and souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 18, 2010
This remake of the 2008 French thriller Pour Elle is a half-hour longer, less suspenseful and hobbled by a slacker pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 18, 2010
The movie is a competent thriller, but maybe could have been more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
November 17, 2010
Redeeming itself with its zippy climax, "The Next Three Days" finally works by avoiding self-importance...Haggis has made the most watchable movie of his career. That's not saying much, but it's still saying something.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 17, 2010
The movie's real strength ... is generating escalating waves of plot tension and misdirection as John, heeding advice, makes his jail-busting moves.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2010
The story started off as France's Anything for Her, itself an absurd effort. But it's been given a special patina of self-seriousness by Crash's Paul Haggis, who adapted the script and directs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 16, 2010
Like his lumpy protagonist, Haggis... too confidently assumes viewers are as quick to abandon sense and logic.
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 10, 2010
What was briskly diverting in the original has been rather laboriously overworked, and the film's attempt to draw out the moral stakes never addresses the material's basic, surface-level implausibility.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 10, 2010
Although involving, this remake of a recent French film never reaches the anticipated heights of excitement and suspense.