'Captivity' Critic Reviews

47%
MovieWeb:   6 reviews
8%
Rotten Tomatoes:   77 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    [Joffe] brings an artful video-grunge look, and not much else, to this Saw clone.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    0
    Captivity the movie has been thoroughly eclipsed by Captivity the marketing.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    The film itself is a very sorry and unthrilling piece of nastiness, peddling some pretty crass nonsense about what it imagines to be female psychology.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    It's a Saw rip-off with less smarts. (Take a moment, please, to allow that sentence to sink in.)
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    It's not scary because not one second is believable.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    The film itself is sordid, unpleasant viewing, as promised, yet more tedious than terrifying.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joe Leydon Variety (Top Critic)
    Destined to be better remembered for its grisly billboard imagery than for its relatively tame torture-porn tropes.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Rocco Landesman New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Slick, sick sleaze.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    20
    No acting, no pulse-pounding suspense, no humor or vicarious visceral thrills. There's a story, here, and not on the screen. It's about what happened to a once-fine filmmaker that brought him this low.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tony Wong Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    25
    The real horror here is how anyone, especially a two-time Oscar nominated director, could be this hard up for work.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jason Anderson Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    25
    The controversy may have piqued the curiosity of horror fans but the film is undeserving of any further attention, managing to be both nastily unpleasant and laughably ludicrous.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    0
    Rarely have I found myself so uncomfortable viewing anything over such an extended period of time. There's nothing redeemable here. It's not tense or scary; it's just demented.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    What made the esteemed director of The Killing Fields and The Mission stoop to this is anybody's guess.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Robert Abele Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    0
    A spirit-sapping exercise in female degradation fantasy.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Ali Gray TheShiznit.co.uk
    60
    There's something about Captivity that'll keep you watching; it could be your morbid curiosity, perhaps it's a sick bloodlust, or maybe, just maybe, it's because Elisha Cuthbert is clad in a low-cut dress at all times. My money's on all three.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out
    20
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steve Newton Georgia Straight
    10
    The only smart move made by the filmmakers was casting Pruitt Taylor Vince as the torturer. Too bad you only get to see his face for a coupla minutes. Man, that's one freaky-lookin' dude.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review
    40
    [Joffe] makes us almost willing to overlook the unspeakable sadism of the first half -- but no, it's asking too much.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile
    Without even calling into question the morals of a film which seems to exist only to depict the suffering of multiple women through hideous tortures, the film is still an empty mess, offering only a minor afterthought of an explanation to who is doing the
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York
    20
    This rank-and-file entry in the new brutality (directed by an obviously disinterested Roland Joffe) is just a snooze.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Pablo Villaca Cinema em Cena
    20
    Inexplicavel, como o director de A Missao pode ser tambem o responsavel por este filme vazio, estupido e repleto de momentos acidentalmente hilarios em funcao de sua imbecilidade.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Kim Newman Jam! Movies
    40
    You can afford to avoid Captivity.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    10
    Even in the fetid swamp of the torture porn genre, it stands out as a particularly awful movie.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Scott Weinberg FEARnet
    30
    Here we have little more than a grungy-looking TV movie of the week with some pointless gore tossed in.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jeremy Heilman MovieMartyr.com
    75
    Plunges the viewer almost directly into its nightmarish scenario.
    Full Review » 7 years ago