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Vatel director Roland Joffé teams with screenwriters Larry Cohen and Joseph Tura to adapt an original story by Cohen concerning a fashion model (Elisha Cuthbert) and her chauffeur, who are kidnapped and held captive by a sadistic serial killer. Jennifer Tree (Cuthbert) is America's sweetheart; a top fashion model and ubiquitous cover girl who is adored by millions, Jennifer possesses all of the wealth and power that comes with being a natural, world-class beauty. Every girl wants to be Jennifer, and every man wants to have her -- one more than all others combined. That man has been lying… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This rank-and-file entry in the new brutality (directed by an obviously disinterested Roland Joffé) is just a snooze."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"It's not scary because not one second is believable."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Joffé's interest clearly lies in society's obsession with celebrity rather than the nuances of the genre, but Cohen's precision script succeeds in keeping him on the terror track."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"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."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Inexplicável, como o director de A Missão pode ser também o responsável por este filme vazio, estúpido e repleto de momentos acidentalmente hilários em função de sua imbecilidade."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Screw the culture cops who freaked out over Captivity's graphic poster and always cry 'torture porn' -- this is a gleefully nasty piece of red meat for horror hounds that delivers as promised."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly
"The real horror here is how anyone, especially a two-time Oscar nominated director, could be this hard up for work."
‑ Tony Wong, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Ali Gray,
"[Joffe] makes us almost willing to overlook the unspeakable sadism of the first half -- but no, it's asking too much."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"You can afford to avoid Captivity."
‑ Kevin Williamson, Jam! Movies
"[Joffe] brings an artful video-grunge look, and not much else, to this Saw clone."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A film so ill-conceived and woeful that it effectively serves as a device of torture itself device -- on the viewer."
‑ Tony Delgado, Digital Spy
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Even in the fetid swamp of the torture porn genre, it stands out as a particularly awful movie."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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