Prisoners (2013)

PRISONERS, from Oscar (R)-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, stars Oscar (R) nominees Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in a story that poses the question: How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 17, 2013
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Prisoners has an emotional complexity and a sense of dread that makes for absorbing (and disturbing) viewing.

Wesley Morris

Jackman is still in his phase of high-masculine misery... The entire performance is an exclamation point, and he swings it like a baseball bat.

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Christy Lemire

It's got lofty aspirations but it also wants to wallow in the muck - to thrill you and sicken you in equal measure while also being About Something.

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Mark Hughes

Prisoners is in the best thriller traditions, but goes deeper into a reflection of one of the greatest moral dilemmas in modern society ... choosing to not only be memorable, but to matter.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

Prisoners is weary after ten minutes, and I suppose it has persuaded itself that its length is justified by its solemn gaze into the abyss.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Ethical exploration or exploitation? In the end, I come down reservedly on the former side: the work done here by Jackman, Gyllenhaal, and especially Villeneuve is simply too powerful to ignore.

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Prisoners is a devastating ordeal through the Villeneuve's impressionistic prism. It's a testament to all involved that you want to revisit the ugliness of the story for the artistry of its construction.

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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press

In less talented hands, the story could lapse into the maudlin. But Villeneuve, director of the Oscar-nominated Incendies, seems to know just how far to go; only one moment feels less than authentic, but it would be a spoiler to mention it.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Prisoners is unforgettably relentless in asking moviegoers if Keller has gone too far. And, by extension, asking us how far we would go.

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Anna Tatarska
Movie Mezzanine

The film not only holds the viewer's focus to the very end, but manages to do so in a genuinely innovative yet comfortingly recognizable way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Grim, ugly and violent. Good acting but not enjoyable as a viewing experience.
Bruce Bruce
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Jim Hunter
After a man's daughter is kidnapped, he resort to torturing the police's prime suspect in order to discover her whereabouts. As a thriller, this film… More
Conner Rainwater
Prisoners was a great movie that seemed to get overlooked for some odd reason. Most people who didn't like it will say that it's too long or that… More
William Sleet
Torture porn for the Daily Mail reader
Michael S
"Prisoners," from Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, is a masterfully constructed slow-burn thriller that is every bit as detailed in it's… More