Law Abiding Citizen
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Jamie Foxx stars as an assistant DA who finds himself at the mercy of a spiteful vigilante (Gerard Butler) hell-bent on avenging the death of his wife and daughter, whose murderers are set free due to legal loopholes. F. Gary Gray (The… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 16, 2010
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unnecessarily violent and unflinchingly absurd, Law Abiding Citizen is plagued by subpar acting and a story that defies reason.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Sadly, there's nothing here but bloody off-cuts from 'Death Wish', 'Saw' and 'The Silence of the Lambs', in roughly that order.

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Laremy Legel
Film.com

Sure, it's outta place for October, but there's no reason you can't enjoy a mindless piece of candy against the backdrop of fall foliage.

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

Law Abiding Citizen may be the most nihilistic movie I've ever seen.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

As a social statement, Law Abiding Citizen is a flawed attempt at holding the legal system accountable for its shortcomings. As a movie, it's a ridiculous execution of a misguided concept.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Law Abiding Citizen is such a lazy action-drama underachiever, it seems unfair to target stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler for bringing their C game.

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Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

It's exactly the kind of film the phrase 'by-the-numbers' was invented for, but like the best genre films, it acknowledges its niche and goes all out to top its predecessors.

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Dan Kois
Washington Post

A preposterous exercise in high-minded brutality, "Law Abiding Citizen" tries to pass itself off as a dialectic on justice betrayed, but instead plays like a snuff film with our nation's legal system as the victim.

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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times

Say what you will about Death Wish, but Charles Bronson was never boring.

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au

One of the more repugnant examples of Hollywood's cheap-thrill approach to violence, its voyeuristic brutality is matched only by its innate stupidity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
An excellent thriller that takes you to the edge of your seat. Excellent acting across the board makes this movie much better than the average revenge flick.… More
Stuart Brooks
No offence but if you liked this movie, I am probably a lot smarter than you.
Edward Boxler
As a fun, (un)intelligent revenge thriller, Law Abiding Citizen held my interest through and through. I would have preferred a less farfetched conclusion, but… More
Raymond Wieser
Law Abiding Citizen is entertaining, but not much else. The plot is so implausible and unbelievable that it's almost laughable. Gerard Butler and Jamie… More
Christian C
Fun and exciting. I enjoyed it a great deal.
Jack Hawkins
This film is silly, and not in a good way. Any film you have criticised in the past for farfetchedness or implausibility will be put into perspective by this… More

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