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A formerly law-abiding citizen (Charles Bronson) becomes a vengeful, bloodthirsty killer after justice fails to serve his late wife and his daughter, both of whom were viciously raped by a trio of thugs. Only his daughter survived the ordeal. This gripping and at times graphically violent actioner chronicles his revenge, not only upon those who destroyed his family, but all criminals. Death Wish spawned four sequels.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Poisonous incitement to do-it-yourself law enforcement is the vulgar exploitation hook on which Death Wish is awkwardly hung."
‑ , Variety
"The movie has an eerie kind of fascination, even though its message is scary."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Nixonite gorge-riser"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The violence is excessive and the plot predictable, although there is some style to director Winner's approach."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The movie that sealed Bronson's reputation as a tough guy."
‑ , Austin Chronicle
"Winner's recourse to caricature when dealing with police and thugs, and his virtually overt sympathies with the confused, violent Bronson, make for uncritical, simplistic viewing."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Stylish exploitation vigilante thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There's an undeniable thrill when Bronson blows away some sleazy mugger."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A compulsively watchable bit of '70s nostalgia, a curious counterpart to Dirty Harry and an icon of New York-brand justice."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Somewhat enjoyable right-wing revenge flick."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"It's a despicable movie, one that raises complex questions in order to offer bigoted, frivolous, oversimplified answers."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A morbid little revenge thriller..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"We know Bronson can be a tough guy, but not so much the mild-mannered guy; he seems to be trying to split the difference the whole time"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson,
"Solid if morally suspect revenge thriller."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Chilling revenge pic that retains every bit of its power to disturb."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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