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: 81% 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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Sergio Benítez
Blog de cine

Villeneuve manages to keep us on the edge of our seats without being able to take our eyes off the screen in this fascinating and hypnotic tale that weaves into images the marvelous script written by Aaron Guzikowski. [Full Review in Spanish]

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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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Rob Gonsalves

The last half hour, despite the occasional jolt of excitement, is an embarrassment.

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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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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

I was shocked to learn this is an original screenplay and not an adaptation. Everything about the story stinks of a crappy novel someone bought at an airport.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
With fantastic performances (Gyllenhaal deserved an Oscar), an extremely complex script so well written in every single detail and a phenomenal direction that… More
William Sleet
Torture porn for the Daily Mail reader
jay nixon
Grim, ugly and violent. Good acting but not enjoyable as a viewing experience.
Bruce Bruce
Prisoners is a Mystery/Thriller film starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, and Paul Dano. Prisoners is a film about two families who both of… More
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