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Jon Avnet directs Al Pacino in the thriller 88 Minutes. Pacino plays university professor Jack Gramm, who occasionally assists the FBI in matters of forensic psychiatry. His recent testimony against a freshly convicted criminal seems to be the reason he has gotten a scary phone call informing him he will die in 88 minutes. As with the like-minded thriller D.O.A. (both the original and the remake), the protagonist must use his skills in order to track down who has hatched this evil plot and hopefully prevent his own demise. Alicia Witt and Leelee Sobieski co-star as the professor's star… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 5%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Now that this stupendously inept serial-killer flick has slithered into theaters, the diminutive legend had better clear room in his closet for another cinematic skeleton."
‑ David Fear, Time Out
"It's quite possibly the worst movie of 2008 so far."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Lacking tension in its setting and empathy for its characters, 88 Minutes is a woeful excuse of a thriller thanks to the inept direction by Jon Avnet, who has forgotten to inject emotion and thrills in what can only be described as a bloated crime movie."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"The overwrought production, sieve-like plot and ludicrous characters merge into something genuinely hilarious. But that's clearly not what cast and crew were going for."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Pacino looks half asleep throughout, no doubt concentrating solely on his cheque, while the script is a catalogue of clichés and contrivances."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"If you like your women half-naked, strung upside-down from pulleys, and sliced like deli meat, this is the movie for you. Whether the victims are more tortured than the plot is a serious question."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"The galumphing serial-killer picture 88 Minutes is dumb enough to be straight out of the parodies in Forgetting Sarah Marshall."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"88 Minutes is the sort of overblown thriller in which every action, no matter how insignificant, is pregnant with portent, yet it's a film of nothing but red herrings."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Ridiculous and ultimately disappointing thriller that stays just about watchable thanks to an amusing pair of performances by Shouty Al and his hairpiece."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Good Sunday afternoon entertainment but it won't hang around the multiplex for long."
‑ Simon Thompson, Heart 106.2
"Nothing would give me keener pleasure than to reveal the identity of the killer, but a day after seeing the film I have genuinely forgotten."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"The preposterous "88 Minutes" is a serial killer movie starring Al Pacino's festival of hair."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Don't bother"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
‑ , Sun Online
"Full of dreadful turns and awful dialogue ("There's been a breach in my most secure area!" mutters Al at one point), 88 Minutes is 107 too long."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
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