Prisoners Reviews

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June 22, 2019
Prisoners can be quite good when it chooses to be a regular thriller. Unfortunately it decides to try for more, and comes up short in doing so.
April 9, 2019
For all its bells and whistles, Prisoners feels more like a middle-of-the-road episode of "Law and Order" than a film that wants to be a mystery wrapped in a moral dilemma.
March 5, 2019
Attempting to present torture in a way that neither endorses nor condones the act, the film feels trapped in a sticky web of moral musing which it never fully comprehends.
January 25, 2019
Prisoners is watchable and holds attention, but for those not sold on its specific thoughts on religious good and evil, it winds up being more popcorn than profound by the finale.
June 19, 2016
An increasingly sloppy thriller, filled with obvious clues, laughable red herrings, and halfhearted "shock" reveals, played at a snail's pace that lets far too much air into the narrative.
July 15, 2015
The last half hour, despite the occasional jolt of excitement, is an embarrassment.
April 28, 2015
I was shocked to learn this is an original screenplay and not an adaptation. Everything about the story stinks of a crappy novel someone bought at an airport.
December 21, 2013
Denis Villeneuve made the Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee Incendies, but his American debut Prisoners just reheats the heavy-handed, high-gloss revenge porn of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the aforementioned Mystic River.
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 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 27, 2013
"Prisoners" is gripping and exceptionally well made, but I found it relentless-too bleak for my taste...
September 27, 2013
A whodunnit too classy to ignore, too crude to respect.
September 26, 2013
First-rate cinematography by Roger Deakins can't rescue a thriller that needed many more rewrites before it went into production.
September 26, 2013
Prisoners is a methodically grim story of child kidnapping and vigilante torture, extended beyond necessity by short-sighted police work and a cannery's supply of red herrings. It is well acted bunk...
September 26, 2013
A hulking gothic whodunit which sadly falls to pieces in its final act.
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.
September 26, 2013
Prisoners is weary after ten minutes, and I suppose it has persuaded itself that its length is justified by its solemn gaze into the abyss.
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.
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.
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.
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