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Prisoners Reviews

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Tom Clift
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
M. Faust
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.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
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
Matt Neal
The Standard
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
Simon Weaving
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
Tony Stamp
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
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
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
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
October 14, 2013
A gritty and intensely unsettling story of child abduction and obsession.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Kevin A. Ranson
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
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
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.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
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
Eric Eisenberg
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
Diana Saenger
October 3, 2013
Edge of Your Seat Thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
October 2, 2013
Roger Deakins uses erratic flashes and glimmers of light to suggest that deliverance is always close at hand, but not close enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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