This movie executes two missions: A) to entertain us; and B) to put some big exclamation points on a couple of messages about certain drug laws in this country in need of a thorough re-examination.
"Snitch" has a way of keeping you guessing about the next turn in its story, and a way of keeping Johnson's character compellingly at the mercy of others.
Designed to make empathetic citizens question the system, this strangely compelling issue pic plays less to auds' hearts than to their craving for testosterone ...
Unusual for this sort of thing, Snitch is a film for which you remember the characters and actors more than the big action moments.
Unfortunately, Snitch is torn between being an ideological drama and a more traditional action film -- and Johnson's presence only contributes to the confusion.
When The Rock falls, he falls hard.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
The movie doesn't convince us that any of this stuff went down this way, but it did make me want to see the PBS "Frontline" episode that details what really happened.
"Snitch" is more of a dramatic thriller than an action movie, and director Ric Roman Waugh fills it with close-ups, dark interiors and tense faces.
I can say, with all sincerity, that 'Snitch' is not bad.
I think the movie actually made my heart beat slower.
In its modern way, Snitch is almost Dickensian in its intent, missing no opportunity for melodramatic confrontation as it puts a (baby) face on a social ill.
It builds into a moderately engaging character study of men driven to dangerous extremes by desperation ...
Las Vegas Weekly
Waugh is more interested in inspirational melodrama and clumsy social commentary than in rousing action.
Snitch is the latest in a long line of films whose sole purpose is to flatten a major social problem into a pulp ideal for self-serious spectacle.
Dwayne Johnson continues to develop as an actor in this well produced thriller, which quite effectively blends conventions of actioner, social problem film and family melodrama.
The film's first half is weighed down by cliched dialogue and clunky drama.
A straight-no digital chaser actioner, with the most subtle Dwayne Johnson performance ever.