Seven (Se7en)
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Director David Fincher's dark, stylish thriller ranks as one of the decade's most influential box-office successes. Set in a hellish vision of a New York-like city, where it is always raining and the air crackles with impending death, the film concerns Det. William Somerset (Morgan Freeman), a homicide specialist just one week from a well-deserved retirement. Every minute of his 32 years on the job is evident in Somerset's worn, exhausted face, and his soul aches with the pain that can only come from having seen and felt far too much. But Somerset's retirement must wait for one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Unfortunately, most of the scenes in Seven are unlikely, which means that by the end of the movie the duo is battling not just an insane killer but an off-the-wall screenwriter."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The reason to see Seven, which is decidedly not for the faint of stomach, is not for the punishment of sin, but the many virtues of Freeman's contribution."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Although the story isn't original, it's powerfully directed by David Fincher, and Morgan Freeman gives another of his superbly understated performances."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Seven is a work of extraordinary style, upsetting power and narrative daring."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"... An unrelenting examination of the evil that may or may not be festering inside every one of us."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"There's none of the humor that takes the sting out of slasher movies, and certainly none of the psychology and depth that made The Silence of the Lambs such an intellectual thriller."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"The odd thing about Seven, however, is that except for its facile, familiar and ridiculously gimmicky plot, it's a pretty involving murder mystery."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The two actors misfire here: Freeman is so low-key he's almost drowsy, and Pitt jumps around like a chihuahua to no effect. It doesn't help that the sound mix is so murky that much of their dialogue sinks into the murk."
‑ Rod Dreher, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"As with all the best chillers, the real horror is left unseen and to the viewers' imagination."
‑ , Total Film
"Grim, slick, shocking thriller. Older teens only."
‑ Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
"Were it not for the gravity and thoughtfulness of Morgan Freeman's performance as a retiring policeman, and the third-act appearance of its bizarre villain, Seven would be unendurable."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The movie is riveting in a gut-twisting way, but I, myself, would not call it "entertaining.""
‑ Carol Buckland,
"The investigation and the clues that lead to the murderer are well thought out and continually provocative. As a narrative, the film is quite involving."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"For all of the portentous atmosphere, Seven runs on a routine cop-show plot."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Despite some truly fantastic work throughout the '90s and 2000s, Se7en still remains director David Fincher's best film, albeit by a very narrow margin."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
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