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Prisoners Reviews

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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
October 2, 2013
While all this industrial strength acting is going on, there's also a pretty engrossing mystery afoot that keeps your attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 30, 2013
It remains gripping because of the realistic grounding of its characters and the raw vulnerability in the performances.
September 30, 2013
This is about as intense as movies can get. Superb performances and great direction will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 29, 2013
It's a tense and engaging thriller with some big ideas, only some of which it is able to carry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 29, 2013
Hollywood thrillers that feature vigilantes usually pander to our baser instincts. Prisoners doesn't let us off the hook so easily.
September 29, 2013
A story too densely plotted to feel real but too well built to fall over.
September 28, 2013
A good film with a shoddy ending that keeps it from being great.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 28, 2013
"Prisoners" is a dark, thought-provoking thriller for the grown-up audience that made "Silence of the Lambs" a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 27, 2013
The very model of an Oscarbaiting exercise in social critique and deeply ambiguous character drama. Except for the part where the script makes it feel more like a trashy beach read.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
September 27, 2013
In his first film since Skyfall, the cinematography by Torquay-born Roger Deakins is as stunning as you'd expect from a true craftsman with ten unfulfilled Oscar nominations since The Shawshank Redemption in 1995.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2013
"Prisoners" is gripping and exceptionally well made, but I found it relentless-too bleak for my taste...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.1/2
September 27, 2013
I like the film's solid, old-fashioned style, the way it resembles the smart adult thrillers of the '70s and assumes the audience is savvy enough to follow the details.
September 27, 2013
Deserves credit for artfully presenting its nightmarish moral dilemmas with little pretense or grandstanding.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 27, 2013
It's a veritable shoo-in for an Oscar nod this year, and one of the more disturbing films to come out of a major studio in ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2013
A whodunnit too classy to ignore, too crude to respect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 27, 2013
A disturbing crime thriller, elevated by subtle storytelling, challenging ideas and fine performances, but let down by some lazy generic tropes and jarring implausibilities.
September 27, 2013
Manages to fire the intellect and stimulate further researches into Arendt's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 27, 2013
One of the most satisfying thrillers we have seen in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2013
Prisoners, surprisingly for a film that lasts 153 minutes, holds you captive for the entire runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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