Riot in Cell Block 11 Reviews

November 4, 2020
It's an uncompromising example of the law abiding citizens being censured for their neglect and abuse, treating criminals not only as humans but also victors.
September 19, 2014
Don Siegel emerged as more than just a Hollywood journeyman director with this hard-hitting, realistic prison picture, which presents a credible account of both the riot and the conditions that caused it.
September 19, 2014
The film sketches in the set-up with a beautifully delineated terseness -- one-shot character introductions, a rookie guard cold-cocked, the prison corridor erupting as the cons pour out.
September 19, 2014
A powerful and intelligent prison film.
September 19, 2014
Riot in Cell Block 11 is the best prison movie produced in years.
May 13, 2014
As Dunn and Crazy Mike, the leaders of the riot, Neville Brand and Leo Gordon convincingly bleed into their roles.
April 22, 2014
Siegel, with his innate sense of cinematic intensity and how to deploy violence with both visual and thematic heft, keeps the film's style relatively simple and straightforward, which allows the complexities of the situation at hand to take center-stage.
April 21, 2014
[Director Don] Siegel later referred to Riot In Cell Block 11 as his breakthrough film, and it's easy to see why. Shooting fast and loose, he gives the film a documentary immediacy [...]
March 26, 2009
Riot in Cell Block 11 is a hard-hitting, suspenseful prison thriller.
October 31, 2006
The grim business of melodrama behind prison walls, so often depicted in standard, banal fashion in films, is given both tension and dignity in Riot in Cell Block 11.
June 24, 2006
A riveting movie.
July 27, 2005
January 24, 2005
An authentic and hard-hitting prison drama.
July 29, 2003
From the details of prison life to the emotional arguments, it maintains a tangible sense of truth.
January 1, 2000
One of the best of all prison pictures.