December 4, 2020
Despite a kidnapping premise that has the strength and suspense to pull viewers in, the running time offers a drastic disservice.
October 8, 2020
There is a level of bleakness to Villeneuve's film that one usually only sees in the film cultures of Japan and South Korea - a willingness to take a narrative one step further than its audience might be comfortable taking.
September 20, 2020
The film's real powerhouse performance may very well come from Jake Gyllenhaal.
July 8, 2020
"Prisoners" is a mystery that is as physically and emotionally pulverizing to you the viewer as it is to the characters.
June 25, 2020
Prisoners is an absorbing thriller that knows how to channel the emotional energy of its characters once they are cornered by the heartbreaking narrative maze that it possesses. [Full review in Spanish]
June 19, 2020
This gripping rust-belt thriller has us fear for the fates of a trio of besieged souls...
January 31, 2020
A superior thriller, made with real intelligence and raw feeling.
November 20, 2019
Villeneuve's direction saves Prisoners from falling into Alex Cross drivel. Like in Incendies, he knows how to keep a story moving and make us long for the truth.
August 27, 2019
Stuffed to the gills with child abduction, overmedicated depression and familial implosions, director Denis Villeneuve's bloated whodunit is a puppy suicide away from the most joyless way to spend well over two hours.
August 7, 2019
Occasionally I got lost in the labyrinthine plot twists, but at almost two-and-a-half hours there's not an ounce of fat on its gripping narrative.
July 31, 2019
Gyllenhaal begins and ends with the same dogged determination, the same pessimism and thinly veiled anger, and the same moral center. Kudos to him, as the actor must build character subtext out of scant scripted development.
June 22, 2019
Prisoners can be quite good when it chooses to be a regular thriller. Unfortunately it decides to try for more, and comes up short in doing so.
June 9, 2019
A slow burning powder keg of mystery and emotion that winds up the audience and never lets it go.
April 9, 2019
For all its bells and whistles, Prisoners feels more like a middle-of-the-road episode of "Law and Order" than a film that wants to be a mystery wrapped in a moral dilemma.
March 5, 2019
Attempting to present torture in a way that neither endorses nor condones the act, the film feels trapped in a sticky web of moral musing which it never fully comprehends.
January 25, 2019
Prisoners is watchable and holds attention, but for those not sold on its specific thoughts on religious good and evil, it winds up being more popcorn than profound by the finale.
November 6, 2018
The movie is compelling but clumsy and would have benefited massively from an edit.
November 1, 2018
Whenever you can set aside a few hours for this thing, go and see it. Just be prepared for it: this ain't a movie you can just casually watch.