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Papillon Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
September 23, 2015
Director Franklin J. Schaffner has succeeded in making a two-and-a-half-hour film that seems like six.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
The script is very good within its limitations, but there is insufficient identification with the main characters.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
August 3, 2007
A rousing drama of endurance, opportunism and friendship under fire.
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Chris Petit
Time Out
June 24, 2006
With Schaffner unable to find the necessary perspective to prevent the film from becoming unevenly episodic, it ends up looking as if it were tacked together by at least three different directors.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
An expensive, exhaustive, 150-mintue odyssey that doesn't so much conclude as cross the finish line and collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4