Prisoners Reviews

Page 1 of 13
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.
October 12, 2018
Prisoners is the best film I have seen so far this year and one people will be debating about for some time to come.
July 31, 2018
Guzikowski's well-honed thriller occasionally idles under Villeneuve's dark character studies, but the director's powerfully imposed mood of dread elevates what might otherwise have been just a superior police procedural.
December 3, 2017
Smart and suspenseful and the acting is first rate. The movie's ending is quite literally stunning. The details of Prisoners' intricate mystery will stay with you, as will its disturbing moral questions.
February 28, 2017
Jackman's aggrieved dad is impressive. But Gyllenhaal's Loki, facial tics, unexplained tattoos and all is, oddly, the more believable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
Page 1 of 13