Desperate Measures
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Although he enjoyed great critical success with crime dramas and slice-of-life pictures, director Barbet Schroeder continued dabbling in the thriller genre with this action-oriented film. Andy Garcia stars as Frank Conner, a widowed San Francisco police officer whose young son Matt (Joseph Cross) is suffering from leukemia. Without a bone marrow transplant, Matt will die, but Frank isn't a donor. In fact, the only potential match is prison inmate Peter McCabe (Michael Keaton), a psychotic but charming serial killer. At first, McCabe refused to participate despite Conner's pleas, but… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

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""Desperate Measures" is a drawn-out, and purely disposable, suspense thriller."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A waste of time."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"an astoundingly inept thriller that's easily the worst movie ever directed by Barbet Schroeder and may well prove to be an all-time low for everyone else involved with it."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Logic flies gloriously out the window at every possible opportunity."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Primarily, the movie works as a showcase for Garcia and Keaton."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"A squandered opportunity to explore important issues through popular moviemaking."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"É uma pena que este seja um filme de ação. A premissa do filme é tão forte e bem armada que, com certeza, poderia ter gerado uma história muito mais dramática e complexa."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A routine, sometimes laughable thriller whose originality and intelligence is in inverse proportion to its overwhelming absurdity."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"A preposterous yet entertaining thriller with Michael Keaton stretching admirably as a Hannibal Lecter-style killer."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Keaton and Garcia have never been any more desperate than in this silly film."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
"So intent on keeping the action cresting that the credibility of the narrative is often undermined."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
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