Death Wish
Death Wish (1974)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 16, 2001
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67%
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety

Poisonous incitement to do-it-yourself law enforcement is the vulgar exploitation hook on which Death Wish is awkwardly hung.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has an eerie kind of fascination, even though its message is scary.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Nixonite gorge-riser

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stylish exploitation vigilante thriller.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

There's an undeniable thrill when Bronson blows away some sleazy mugger.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a despicable movie, one that raises complex questions in order to offer bigoted, frivolous, oversimplified answers.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A morbid little revenge thriller...

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Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Samuel Riley
I find it fascinating how this created controversy in both the USA and the UK for very different reasons. A certain scene of sexual violence was considered too… More
Lady D'arbanville
My predicted rating: 4 How many times can one man get mugged? One of the most famous vigilante films, Charles Bronson a one man vengeful vigilante, with a… More
Alex roy
Excellent revenge action drama starring Charles Bronson, Death Wish is a fairly basic flick that relies on a simple plot. However the genius of this film lies… More
AJ Verser
I saw this on TV a long time ago, I barely remember it, but the story is a familiar one. I should watch it again sometime.
Melvin White
Paul Kersey: Nothing to do but cut and run, huh? What else? What about the old American social custom of self-defense? If the police don't defend us, maybe… More
Conner Rainwater
I think if you look at this in the context of when it came out and how incredibly original it was, it is indeed a masterpiece among the crime genre. This takes… More