Sicario Reviews

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July 24, 2019
As technically assured as all of this is, including one of the tensest scores to feature in a genre picture in recent memory (courtesy of Johann Johannsson), Sicario feels too hollow.
April 30, 2018
A nasty film about the drug war on the US-Mexico border that flirts with fascism and artiness, succumbing to the former.
February 15, 2018
The film chips away at a real problem but misses the big picture by a mile.
October 26, 2017
A thriller must thrill, but to do so properly it has to be emotionally involving as well, and this one isn't.
October 17, 2017
There's enough payoff in the action to make Sicario feel satisfying, but underneath the combined polish of Villeneuve and Deakins is a hollow shell.
October 2, 2017
Far from being the cunningly ambiguous moral parable its champions claim it to be, Sicario actually hedges its bets in order to remain shamelessly crowd-pleasing.
December 2, 2015
Sicario is ultimately so obsessed with the minutia of its subject matter that it's often as engrossing as a day at the office.
November 2, 2015
I think Blunt was a major miscast, as she always looks smarter than everyone in the room and the character is too naive. [Full review in Spanish]
October 11, 2015
Basically just another violent movie about drug trafficking. It's efficient enough at what it does, but what it does is neither new nor significant.
October 8, 2015
It's admirable that the film's taking its subject seriously; it's just not enough.
October 2, 2015
Tedious on a grand scale but these days what war on drugs movie isn't?
September 30, 2015
Taylor Sheridan, an actor making his screenwriting debut, lets the film down in scene after scene. Whenever director Denis Villeneuve ("Prisoners") builds suspense, Sheridan dissipates it with another clunker.
September 24, 2015
French-Canadian director Villeneuve rubbed our noses in Pennsylvania vigilantism-gone-wrong in Prisoners ; now he grids our faces further into the smothering sands of American sanctimony.
September 24, 2015
Villeneuve's film, written by Taylor Sheridan, pays off its suspense with fierce violence, and seems therefore sensational; it can't quite transcend being an array of set pieces, haunting though they are.
September 18, 2015
Villeneuve and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan aren't selling more than a tautological action movie with the dread and body count of a horror film.
September 17, 2015
After a while these sounds and images start to feel like expressions of technique, and they become at once numbing and sensational, and instead of a movie about violence we're watching another violent movie, after all.
September 17, 2015
Denis Villeneuve's Sicario is a slick, simplistic view of the War on Drugs propelled by great perfs from Blunt, Del Toro and Brolin and balletic violent set pieces. I wanted "Traffic," I got movie crack.
September 16, 2015
Villeneuve's proven he's got a strong punch. The trouble is, he barely aims.
September 16, 2015
[VIDEO ESSAY] A disappointment from start to finish, Denis Villeneuve's attempting-to-be-edifying international drug thriller fails miserably by the social realist parameters it portends to fulfill with macho quasi-military bombast.
May 22, 2015
No drugs bust, then, but nothing to get hooked on.
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