Papillon Reviews

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June 23, 2020
Even with the shortcomings of this version of the story, Papillon is just too engaging to get entirely wrong, especially with a team like this who clearly cares about capturing things both correctly and in a way that penetrates the soul.
July 25, 2019
Although Papillon drags in places, the intense action and gruesome violence provide enough oomph to jolt you back into the moment.
June 19, 2019
straightforward, sturdy and handsomely designed
December 28, 2018
[Papillon] really isn't bad, helped by a convincing sense of place, decent production values and a terrific supporting performance from Rami Malek.
December 22, 2018
Arguably an unnecessary remake of the 1973 film, but with a gritty, violent streak.
December 21, 2018
But whether taken as a study in human resilience, as an oblique love story, or as an indictment of the French penal system, this drama is claustrophobic and oppressive.
December 21, 2018
Even without a visceral punch of present-day resonance, this is still a skilful depiction of a staggeringly cruel system.
December 20, 2018
Both actors rise intelligently to the occasion.
December 19, 2018
Both men put in good work but their bromance never convincingly ignites in this solid but anonymous effort by Danish director Michael Noer.
December 18, 2018
Whilst Papillon hardly revolutionises cinema, it's still grand old-fashioned entertainment
December 10, 2018
Thanks to Malek's work, we are convinced of the value of [their] friendship, even in the most inhuman conditions. [Full review in Spanish]
October 2, 2018
A new spin on the horrifying story of prisoners held at the infamous Saint Laurent prison on a remote island in French Guyana
August 30, 2018
While you do feel the pathos, it doesn't quite give you the intended catharsis. It's still a cracking adventure yarn and those who haven't seen the 1973 original should definitely go for it.
August 29, 2018
A few minutes longer than the original yet feels shorter, more efficient, more engaging, with a screenplay that brings out the relationship at the story's heart.
August 27, 2018
Brutal violence, strong language in prison remake.
August 27, 2018
...remake is overall more satisfying than original ... less movie start charismatic, Hunnam plays squire to McQueen's Cooler King ... 'Les Miz' meets 'Escape from Alcatraz'
August 25, 2018
It might not be perfect, but this "Papillon" definitely has wings.
August 25, 2018
This adaptation of Papillon is fine. The performances are fine, the direction is fine. But was a remake really necessary if there isn't anything spectacular about it?
August 25, 2018
Papillon is not a bad movie, but more like a work of unfulfilled promise.
August 24, 2018
Things look darker, the palette is muted and the horrors become an ambient track in this trance dance of death. The drama, however, feels a lot lighter. Not in terms of tone, but in substance.
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