'Death Sentence' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   13 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   113 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    17
    The morality of revenge is barely at issue in a movie that pushes the plausibility of revenge right over a cliff.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Matt Zoller Seitz New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    A tedious, pandering time-waster.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    Only drinking a pint of paint-stripper would leave a nastier taste in the mouth.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    25
    Is the movie trying to show how bloodlust and revenge can destroy a person? If so, it simultaneously revels in violence. Trying to have it both ways diminishes the entire undertaking, rendering it despicably hypocritical.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    In Death Sentence, Kevin Bacon may not be the baddest dad who ever cocked a shotgun to defend his family, but he's the most insanely resolute -- and the least understandable.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    The cynics will slap their foreheads, the squeamish will cover their eyes.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    25
    Bacon's performance in Saw creator James Wan's laughably extreme revenge thriller Death Sentence is six degrees of ham.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bruce Westbrook Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    38
    It may be the most depressing action movie ever made. Its calamities are well staged, and its acting, beyond some histrionics, is fine. But you don't enjoy this film; you endure it.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Maurstad Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    25
    Utterly humorless and unrelentingly grim. Giving it a grainy, washed-out, fidgety look and choreographing scenes to create an atmosphere of claustrophobic disorientation, Mr. Wan has made a movie that is literally unpleasant to watch.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    There is a courtroom scene of true surprise and suspense, and some other effective moments, but basically this is a movie about a lot of people shooting at each other.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joshua Katzman Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This graphically violent film suffers from cursorily developed characters whose primary function is to advance the creaky plot.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    50
    From the perfect family home movies that open the film, to its unconvincing 'urban' settings, Death Sentence is one-dimensional, cliched.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    Death Sentence takes the pulp revenge thriller to the edge. And then falls off.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    17
    Both the story and (literal) execution here are cheap and somewhat embarrassing for Bacon and company. Kill this movie.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Death Sentence most certainly is not a good movie.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    This well-made, often intensely gripping genre piece packs some bizarre tonal extremities and a few moments of self-critique into its tale of a grieving father seeking his own brand of justice.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    Fails to provide any sort of genuine social context for its violence.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    An unsatisfying and not-that-smart vigilante thriller.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    . At both its best and worst, it feels like the missing third part of the faux retro double-bill Grindhouse.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Mark Bourne Film.com (Top Critic)
    Bacon, as usual, is very good even when he's slumming, and as a trashy B-movie redo of Death Wish the movie works well enough for a Saturday afternoon with a case of brewskies.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kamal Al-Solaylee Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Awesomely bad.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    The result is such a mish-mash of conflicting tones and ideas that it doesn't play well on any level.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Watching this crude vigilante thriller feels more like a life sentence.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Cliff Doerksen Time Out
    80
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out
    40
    Full Review » 3 years ago