Prisoners Reviews

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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 9, 2019
A slow burning powder keg of mystery and emotion that winds up the audience and never lets it go.
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.
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]
April 17, 2015
This film haunted me for days and weeks after seeing it, and the feeling still lingers.
August 4, 2014
Prisoners is in the best thriller traditions, but goes deeper into a reflection of one of the greatest moral dilemmas in modern society ... choosing to not only be memorable, but to matter.
April 15, 2014
Prisoners is a devastating ordeal through the Villeneuve's impressionistic prism. It's a testament to all involved that you want to revisit the ugliness of the story for the artistry of its construction.
March 13, 2014
The film not only holds the viewer's focus to the very end, but manages to do so in a genuinely innovative yet comfortingly recognizable way.
March 13, 2014
...wants to show how one heinous act creates not only victims, but more monsters.
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