The Next Three Days
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His wife convicted of a murder she swears she did not commit, a college professor plots to break her out of prison in this thriller starring Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson. John Brennan (Crowe) and his wife, Lara (Elizabeth Banks), were happily married and raising a family when their lives fell apart in the blink of an eye. Lara has been charged with murder, and despite every effort to prove her innocence, the judge sentences her to an extended prison sentence. Meanwhile, on the outside, John files multiple appeals while struggling to raise their children and maintain his career. Lara's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even with an actor of Crowe's skill, it's hard to believe the mild, thoughtful John would take to the mean streets of Pittsburgh for fake IDs, blast his way into drug houses and such."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The movie is a caper without playfulness or wit -- it's accomplished but not much fun."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"This is Crowe's movie to carry and he does it with an earthy realism that reminds of the actor he is beneath the persona."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Managing to overcome the contrivances and implausibilities of the storyline, The Next Three Days succeeds through the sheer verisimilitude of the performances and direction."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"If I actually gave out star ratings or numerical scores, this one would be right on the fine line between pass and fail."
‑ Drew McWeeny, HitFix
"In the third act, both Haggis and his actors kick it into high gear, leading to a breathless chase sequence, the outcome of which is unpredictable to the last moments."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"It's laughably, eye-rollingly absurd, so you don't watch it and wonder, "Hey, why not?" You endure it and wonder, "So ... why did they do that?""
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"The Next Three Days is kind of a throwback to the classic action movies Hollywood put out in the mid-nineties - the 'one man versus the world' era of thrillers, in which lantern-jawed heroes fight to save their family against improbable odds"
‑ Ali Gray,
"...The most effective scenes employ the Hitchcockian maxim that you can show a couple kissing for as long as you like provided there's a bomb under the bed. Haggis has plenty of bombs and plenty of beds to put them under."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"The suspense isn't just dramatic. It's emotional."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"In its final half-hour, all the stops are pulled. The movie is still wildly implausible but at least it's hurtling forward."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"An okay thriller with lots of smart flourishes, The Next Three Days has us hooked early on but never quite gets us in the boat"
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"It's the kind of edge of your seat thriller that leaves you in constant suspense of how the situation will resolve."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"If it didn't feel like the movie took three days to get through, this could have been a pretty good thriller."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"This movie is from fancy Oscar-winning director Paul Haggis. In other words, you're supposed to take it all as seriously as he does. You may find that challenging."
‑ Dave White,
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