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Prisoners Reviews

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September 19, 2013
A frustrating puzzle in which the pieces don't quite fit together
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2013
Aspects of "Prisoners" are effective, but for the most part it's rather ridiculous (despite the fact that it clearly wants to be taken super-seriously), and there's an overwrought quality to much of the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 20, 2013
Dark subject matter like this feels that much more perverse when it's totally phony.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
September 19, 2013
Has the sheen of a prestige picture and the guts of Law & Order's best episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
September 26, 2013
Raises many questions, in its brutally direct way, as it plows through a minefield of raw nerves, shattered emotions, shifting moral boundaries and unnerving religious overtones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 18, 2013
Nothing more than a cheap thriller with some pseudo-philosophical nonsense tacked on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 20, 2013
The directorial instincts of Villeneuve lean toward the lurid, though he seems to think he's making a grand and brooding statement about the human condition. Prisoners is a compelling but unpleasant film, captive to its own schlocky hubris.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 21, 2013
Prisoners is like a hyper kid got on an elevator and pushed all the buttons, so that it stopped at every floor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
September 19, 2013
Great acting, in the service of a plot that keeps getting more ridiculous. I was with it until the snakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2013
Prisoners wants to be operatic and epic. It never quite succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 20, 2013
Begins as a story that has intriguing and seriously complex moral and ethical implications before giving way to what is a fairly by-the-numbers, beat-the-clock serial-killer thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 19, 2013
Too much of brilliantly good thing. It's like watching the director's cut that goes a bit deeper into the character development and filled with scenes the filmmakers loved, but realized weren't essential for the final cut.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
July 15, 2015
The last half hour, despite the occasional jolt of excitement, is an embarrassment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 22, 2013
It's got lofty aspirations but it also wants to wallow in the muck - to thrill you and sicken you in equal measure while also being About Something.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 20, 2013
Swims in the murky waters of moral complexity, content to skim the surface without engaging fully with the questions it raises...delivers a disappointingly convoluted mystery plot in an attempt to give the audience what it thinks it wants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2013
A hulking gothic whodunit which sadly falls to pieces in its final act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2013
Prisoners has got more pedigree than a Westminster dog-show winner. It's just not very good. In fact, it's worse than not-very-good; it's could've-been-really-good-and-isn't.
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.
September 17, 2013
You never sense that any of the players is inhabiting a character. Instead they seem to be dispiritedly reading lines off of an internal teleprompter ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 19, 2013
It's preposterous schlock masquerading as art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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