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Papillon Reviews

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September 23, 2015
McQueen works hard and al most manages to triumph over his star presence, while Hoffman submerges himself eccentrically and amusingly in his coward's role.
September 23, 2015
But Dustin Hoffman produces a splendid depiction of cunning corruption that acts as a perfect balance to McQueen's superstar charisma.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2015
Schaffner, who expertly captured the gritty story of Patton, does not flinch from showing every conceivable horror of the French penal system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 23, 2015
Papillon was not a complicated man but his experiences changed him almost beyond recognition, and McQueen does a good job of portraying the survivor, broken in body, but not in spirit.
September 6, 2015
This consummate prison-break epic features Steve McQueen's greatest transformation of character creation over the course of his estimable film career.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
May 14, 2011
The narrative unfolds slowly, but the two stars are compelling and cinematographer Fred Koenekamp's photography is striking.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 3, 2007
A rousing drama of endurance, opportunism and friendship under fire.
February 10, 2007
Based on the memoirs of Henri Charriere, the only man to have successfully escaped from Devil's Island, this is a grim and brutal prison drama, made more likable due to the lead star performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
October 6, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
May 9, 2005
A big, brave, stouthearted, sometimes romantic, sometimes silly melodrama with the kind of visual sweep you don't often find in movies anymore.
December 15, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
March 25, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
March 19, 2003
Awesome jailbreak film with gritty performances.
| Original Score: 5/5
December 4, 2002
Classic grungy prison drama with great performances throughout.
| Original Score: 5/5
February 13, 2001
One of the greatest behind-bars movies ever, the result finds director Franklin J. Schaffner making the most of both his sun-drenched locations and his leading man, who squintily acts even co-star Dustin Hoffman well off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
There's a lot to like about Papillon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 23, 2015
Director Franklin J. Schaffner has succeeded in making a two-and-a-half-hour film that seems like six.
March 26, 2009
The script is very good within its limitations, but there is insufficient identification with the main characters.
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