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Prisoners Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
Not for the weak of stomach, Prisoners is a sure signifier that summer is over, more serious fare has arrived in theaters, and the Oscar race has begun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Bailey
June 19, 2016
An increasingly sloppy thriller, filled with obvious clues, laughable red herrings, and halfhearted "shock" reveals, played at a snail's pace that lets far too much air into the narrative.
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
Face fuzzed with a dark beard more intimidating than Wolverine's, Hugh Jackman is a feral presence, a savage force untamed by his own faith in the all-forgiving divine, in one of the year's most thrilling edge-of-seaters.
J. Olson
April 16, 2016
It's anything but a breezy journey, but it's a deeply rewarding one for those unafraid of serious, heartbreaking, contemplative, nerve-hitting cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sergio Benítez
Blog de cine
November 17, 2015
Villeneuve manages to keep us on the edge of our seats without being able to take our eyes off the screen in this fascinating and hypnotic tale that weaves into images the marvelous script written by Aaron Guzikowski. [Full Review in Spanish]
Rob Gonsalves
July 15, 2015
The last half hour, despite the occasional jolt of excitement, is an embarrassment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
I was shocked to learn this is an original screenplay and not an adaptation. Everything about the story stinks of a crappy novel someone bought at an airport.
Chris Stuckmann
April 17, 2015
This film haunted me for days and weeks after seeing it, and the feeling still lingers.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Mark Hughes
August 4, 2014
Prisoners is in the best thriller traditions, but goes deeper into a reflection of one of the greatest moral dilemmas in modern society ... choosing to not only be memorable, but to matter.
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 15, 2014
Prisoners is a devastating ordeal through the Villeneuve's impressionistic prism. It's a testament to all involved that you want to revisit the ugliness of the story for the artistry of its construction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine
March 13, 2014
The film not only holds the viewer's focus to the very end, but manages to do so in a genuinely innovative yet comfortingly recognizable way.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Josh Larsen
March 13, 2014
...wants to show how one heinous act creates not only victims, but more monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan Romney
Film Comment Magazine
February 6, 2014
Prisoners -- sometimes awkwardly, for the most part persuasively -- does a delicate balancing act between outright nightmare and naturalism.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
December 24, 2013
Methodical, powerful and one of the year's best, this drama offers up a riveting script and a great cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
AP Kryza
Willamette Week
December 21, 2013
It's engaging and gut-wrenching -- without diving into an abyss of emotional torture in the name of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Daniel Barnes
Sacramento News & Review
December 21, 2013
Denis Villeneuve made the Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee Incendies, but his American debut Prisoners just reheats the heavy-handed, high-gloss revenge porn of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the aforementioned Mystic River.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
December 21, 2013
Even the most seemingly benign scenes posses a low level of fear, and the final hour is heavy enough to leave audiences shaking (and shaken).
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
December 18, 2013
Nicely written and acted. Genuine suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 17, 2013
Like a more downbeat Zodiac, Prisoners is a rich, expansive procedural revolving around a horrible crime in which a satisfactory resolution only seems to get further away from its protagonists the more they obsess over the case.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
November 5, 2013
...a bold, brave and unforgettable slice of filmmaking that pulls you deep into the mix and doesn't let go.
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