Prisoners Reviews

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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
A whodunnit too classy to ignore, too crude to respect.
September 26, 2013
A hulking gothic whodunit which sadly falls to pieces in its final act.
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 26, 2013
A certain dour realist vigour keeps the nightmare alive.
September 24, 2013
In less talented hands, the story could lapse into the maudlin. But Villeneuve, director of the Oscar-nominated Incendies, seems to know just how far to go; only one moment feels less than authentic, but it would be a spoiler to mention it.
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 20, 2013
Ethical exploration or exploitation? In the end, I come down reservedly on the former side: the work done here by Jackman, Gyllenhaal, and especially Villeneuve is simply too powerful to ignore.
September 20, 2013
Prisoners is unforgettably relentless in asking moviegoers if Keller has gone too far. And, by extension, asking us how far we would go.
September 20, 2013
A film that, for all its pretensions and intermittent power, is essentially high-grade claptrap.
September 20, 2013
Prisoners is an overblown missing-children mystery that wants to comment on the dysfunctional soul of America.
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.
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.
September 20, 2013
The film you begin watching when the lights dim is not the same one you carry home from the theatre.
September 20, 2013
After two hours of relentless tension, Prisoners starts revealing its secrets to progressively hokier effect.
September 20, 2013
Is it the best Hollywood mystery we've seen in awhile? Oh yes. Is it one any parent would want to see? Only if they don't mind nightmares.
September 20, 2013
It never lets up. The cell doors never open.
September 19, 2013
In addition to the skin-crawling camera moves and the understated dread that bolsters the surface tensions of "Prisoners" there is a fascinating actor's duel going on.
September 19, 2013
A film that seems headed toward one conclusion, then veers toward another over 2/₂ of the fastest-moving hours I've seen in a recent movie.
September 19, 2013
Grim, gray and surprisingly gruesome, Prisoners - the director's first foray into English-language filmmaking - has its flaws, but predictability is not one of them.
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