'Law Abiding Citizen' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   15 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   158 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    What I mostly noticed is how quickly I've grown tired of Butler's mush-mouthed bravura, and also how much I hope that Foxx, who looks bored, holds his slumming down to this one film.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    It's about the cat-and-mouse game between two very smart guys, and it's perfectly happy to be as dumb as it wants.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    It's silly and nasty at the same time: not a good combination.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    The exploration of right and wrong, and its complicated lack of clarity, gets trammeled amid the bevy of explosions, volley of bullets and mounting body count.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Dan Kois Washington Post (Top Critic)
    A preposterous exercise in high-minded brutality, "Law Abiding Citizen" tries to pass itself off as a dialectic on justice betrayed, but instead plays like a snuff film with our nation's legal system as the victim.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    25
    Like a lot of action-movie directors, Gray lacks the imagination to view the art of cat-and-mouse as more than a chance to play with state-of-the-art war technology.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Saw with a conscience is not what the world needs.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    30
    Law Abiding Citizen is such a lazy action-drama underachiever, it seems unfair to target stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler for bringing their C game.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The explanation of Clyde's methods is preposterous, but it comes late enough that F. Gary Gray, the director, is first able to generate considerable suspense and a sense of dread.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    That the film, directed in swift strokes by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay credited to Kurt Wimmer, doesn't really work -- unrelentingly grim, unintentionally funny -- is almost beside the point. It's a wild concept.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    The movie is not -- putting it courteously -- tightly constructed. The narrative shifts are jerky and the tone bounces around like a Jeep on a dirt road.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    As a social statement, Law Abiding Citizen is a flawed attempt at holding the legal system accountable for its shortcomings. As a movie, it's a ridiculous execution of a misguided concept.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    It winds up feeling overwritten yet underexplained, foregoing plausible revelations in favor of gusty debate about the ethical challenges of practicing and upholding the law.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    25
    At last, the missing link between Phantom of the Opera and Saw. Welcome to the gonzo revenge saga Law Abiding Citizen.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    40
    It's a "Who dies next?" slasher film masquerading as a revenge thriller.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    You want to see what happens, even as logic tumbles, and there are fascinating undercurrents in the bargain.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    67
    Sure, it's outta place for October, but there's no reason you can't enjoy a mindless piece of candy against the backdrop of fall foliage.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    This strikes me as narrative cheating, but you may play the critical game by more relaxed rules.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    The more Kurt Wimmer's screenplay reveals about the lead character's scheme, the more difficult it is to believe that Law Abiding Citizen is intended to be taken seriously.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    An implausible thriller with a few horror elements in the guise of social criticism.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    All we're left with are ticking time bombs and a chunk of our own time that we'll never get back.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    Butler has the showier part, but his impersonation of the tragic hero is undercut by his weird resemblance to Soupy Sales.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    38
    An exercise in illogic and Death Wish cribbing that lets a bunch of good actors collect big paychecks for playing way less than their A game.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Richard Roeper Richard Roeper.com (Top Critic)
    20
    "Final Destination" meets "Saw" meets disaster.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    Say what you will about Death Wish, but Charles Bronson was never boring.
    Full Review » 5 years ago