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Prisoners Reviews

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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
November 5, 2013
...a bold, brave and unforgettable slice of filmmaking that pulls you deep into the mix and doesn't let go.
October 27, 2013
Unfolds with the sickening tension of a great police procedural, all while poking at America's social and political hypocrisies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2013
It's impossible to ignore that you are looking at unspeakable cruelty which, even if justifiable, must be ruinous to the soul of the wielder. You expect that to become the theme of the film, but, astonishingly, it never does.
October 25, 2013
A dark, foreboding and riveting thriller, that will leave many spun by its labyrinth plot, spellbound by its strong performances and haunted by its many moral and religious complexities.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 20, 2013
He's the film's most interesting character and it's a great performance from Jake Gyllenhaal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 19, 2013
...palpably ominous and unsettling...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2013
If there is one thing above all else to recommend Prisoners, it's the way it captures that white-hot skewer of fear that must run through the heart and mind of every parent who has ever suddenly looked around them and thought, "where's my kid?"
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 17, 2013
Prisoners is haunting and will stick with you ... this is one of the best films of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 17, 2013
This moody police procedural with Jake Gyllenhaal in sublime form may be nearly three hours long, but it's worth every minute.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 17, 2013
Proves compelling, thanks in part to subject matter that practically demands emotional investment from an audience: children in peril.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2013
Um drama tocante, um suspense sufocante e um filme de detetive magnífico. Um dos melhores longas do ano, sem dúvida alguma.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 16, 2013
Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners is a nasty piece of work. Indeed, it is about as bleak and unforgiving as mainstream, studio moviemaking gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 14, 2013
A gritty and intensely unsettling story of child abduction and obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 13, 2013
Not since Erskineville Kings, in 1999, has Hugh Jackman appeared so emotionally exposed on screen. It is an exceptional, Oscar-worthy performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
October 7, 2013
a tense morality play wrapped in the bristling genre trappings of a police procedural, is exhausting in all the best ways-emotionally, intellectually, philosophically
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 6, 2013
The film's pace is an endurance test... (but) everyone gets to share in the dread of the final revelations. Does the end justify the means?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4.0
October 4, 2013
Jackman is still in his phase of high-masculine misery... The entire performance is an exclamation point, and he swings it like a baseball bat.
October 4, 2013
The brutality and torture displayed by the "hero" of this piece makes for several uncomfortable moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 3, 2013
It's rare to find a film that really works on all levels, but that's exactly what Denis Villeneuve's has constructed with Prisoners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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