Death Wish
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This drama about a man who takes the law into his own hands was wildly controversial upon first release, sparking much debate about the perceived pro-vigilante stance of the story, and established Charles Bronson as a major box office draw in the United States. Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) is a liberal architect living in New York City. One day, a group of drug-crazed thugs break into his apartment while he's gone, killing his wife Joanna (Hope Lange) and brutally raping his married daughter, leaving her comatose. When the police are unable to find the culprits, Kersey arms himself and… More

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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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