Death Wish
Death Wish (1974)

This drama about a man who takes the law into his own hands was wildly controversial upon first release, sparking much debate about the perceived pro-vigilante stance of the story, and established Charles Bronson as a major box office draw… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Poisonous incitement to do-it-yourself law enforcement is the vulgar exploitation hook on which Death Wish is awkwardly hung.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie has an eerie kind of fascination, even though its message is scary.

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Fernando F. Croce

Nixonite gorge-riser

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Winner's recourse to caricature when dealing with police and thugs, and his virtually overt sympathies with the confused, violent Bronson, make for uncritical, simplistic viewing.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stylish exploitation vigilante thriller.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

There's an undeniable thrill when Bronson blows away some sleazy mugger.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a despicable movie, one that raises complex questions in order to offer bigoted, frivolous, oversimplified answers.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A morbid little revenge thriller...

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Luke Y. Thompson

We know Bronson can be a tough guy, but not so much the mild-mannered guy; he seems to be trying to split the difference the whole time

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
How would you respond to ever-present crime, especially when it becomes personal? That's the central question in this film, a controversial crime film… More
Melvin White
Paul Kersey: Nothing to do but cut and run, huh? What else? What about the old American social custom of self-defense? If the police don't defend us, maybe… More
Samuel Riley
I find it fascinating how this created controversy in both the USA and the UK for very different reasons. A certain scene of sexual violence was considered too… More
Lady D'arbanville
My predicted rating: 4 How many times can one man get mugged? One of the most famous vigilante films, Charles Bronson a one man vengeful vigilante, with a… More
Alex roy
Excellent revenge action drama starring Charles Bronson, Death Wish is a fairly basic flick that relies on a simple plot. However the genius of this film lies… More
Aj V
I saw this on TV a long time ago, I barely remember it, but the story is a familiar one. I should watch it again sometime.