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Patriots Day (2017)



Critic Consensus: Patriots Day offers a stirring, solidly crafted tribute to the heroes of a real-life American tragedy without straying into exploitative action thriller territory.

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An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, PATRIOTS DAY is the powerful story of a community's courage in the face of terror. In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.

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Mark Wahlberg
as Sgt. Tommy Saunders
J.K. Simmons
as Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese
John Goodman
as Ed Davis
Michelle Monaghan
as Carol Saunders
Kevin Bacon
as Richard DesLauriers
Jimmy O. Yang
as Dun Meng
Vincent Curatola
as Mayor Thomas Menino
Alex Wolff
as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Jake Picking
as Officer Sean Collier
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All Critics (213) | Top Critics (41)

"Patriots Day" touches on vast phenomena, looking at an event that packs a huge amount of modern mental space in its crisp narrative confines. That's why its blandly reductive simplicity is all the more unfortunate.

January 23, 2017 | Full Review…

A film content with the charming, if chuckleheaded, cartoon of the Boston local that Wahlberg has regularly inhabited throughout his career.

January 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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The film, which swivels frantically between first responders, survivors, and investigators, has a percussive force.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

An efficient and intense thriller that mines the best tropes of the chase genre.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a story about one city, but it honors the essence of America, and it shows that when the going gets rough, we're all Boston Strong.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It isn't quite Captain Phillips or Zero Dark Thirty, but it's a more thoughtful and restrained film than you might've been expecting.

January 12, 2017 | Full Review…
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Despite less-than-compelling performances and a lack of artistic perspective, "Patriot's Day" packs an emotional punch on a visceral level. I found the time spent watching the film was rewarding.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Berg & Wahlberg, once more, help shed light on a dark time in history. Patriots Day does well in depicting evenly the tragedy and drama behind the events from April 2013 while also highlighting the heart and captivating courage of those who were victims and those who responded; sending a heartfelt and respectful acknowledgment in the process. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer


The Boston Marathon, a subject that could have easily been mishandled, was taken into the arms of Peter Berg in Patriots Day. One element that made it work so well and hit so emotionally hard is the laser focus on the characters. The film opens with several small storylines, all of which eventually converge into a crazy set of real-life events (many of which I wasn't aware of). Mark Wahlberg is yet again typecasted as the thickly-accented Boston hero. The only difference is, it's a surprisingly emotional and strong performance; one of his best to date. One of my favorite scenes is when an entire motorcade of FBI agents, led by the ultimate badass Kevin Bacon, arrives on scene. There is an alarmingly loud silence as he takes his time to observe the chaos just unfolded moments ago. Berg also has a knack for relentless and accurate depictions of violence (previously proven in Lone Survivor), particularly in the gunfights and disturbing amounts of gore. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross hit a home run with the soundtrack. I can't remember the last time I found myself cheering for law enforcement as if they were my favorite sports team. Even though the bombing was 4 years ago, the subject is more relevant than ever. It reminds us that even though America is divided, we always manage to come together and help each other in times of chaos.

Kevin Mozulay
Kevin Mozulay

Super Reviewer

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