June 29, 2020
It drags on for two-and-a-half hours... to show us that the talents of even Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen can be buried under endless restatement of the obvious and that the best of adventure stories can be attenuated into boredom.
December 17, 2019
Papillon is too lifeless, too long and too late.
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.
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.