The Life of David Gale
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The mystery of one man's guilt or innocence literally becomes a matter of life and death in this drama. David Gale (Kevin Spacey) was the head of the philosophy department at Austin University and the author of several well-regarded books; he was also an active and visible member of Deathwatch, an anti-capital punishment activist group. One of Gale's best friends was Constance Harraway (Laura Linney), a fellow Deathwatch activist with whom he became especially close, particularly since Gale's wife, Sharon (Elizabeth Gast), who had taken a lover in Spain, was usually absent. One… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

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"It would take an intellect far superior to mine to explain the rationale -- or, for that matter, the release -- of David Gale."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Low thrills and high dudgeon are a bad mix."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
" of the most offensively cheap and concocted 'twist' endings of all time"
‑ Glenn Dunks, Junkee
"Como suspense, o filme não desaponta. Porém, a ambiguidade moral de seus 'heróis' acaba por transmitir uma mensagem oposta àquela que o filme pretende defender."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The film is so expertly crafted that it becomes an effective thriller. It is not, however, an indictment of the death penalty."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"I ended up feeling sorry for Mr. Spacey, Ms. Winslet and Ms. Linney, so contrived was the foolishness in which they found themselves embroiled."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"A dazzling mess."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"An overripe melodrama -- a time waster."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"... [Alan] Parker lures you into the theater, but then you sit down and all he has waiting for you is a whoopee cushion."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"It isn't long before we yearn to see David Gale as the poster-boy for deserved capital punishment."
‑ Mike Sage, Peterborough This Week
"Grading on the curve, I give it high marks for trying something different, but somewhat lower ones for entertainment value."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"One to add to the list of recent films not worthy of Spacey's talents."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"The filmmakers work so hard to bewilder and to preach that they give us no opportunity to think clearly about the serious life-and-death issues that the film claims to address."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"In arguing that calmly and deliberately taking a life can never be justified... it ends up arguing just the opposite. It's bad drama and worse politics."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"LThe Life of David Gale goes quietly into that good night during the doldrums of February, when studios discard their noble failures. . ."
‑ Todd Gilchrist,
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