Felon (2008)

A loving husband and father finds his promising future transformed into a waking nightmare when he's convicted of involuntary manslaughter after accidentally killing the burglar who broke into his home in this gritty prison drama… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 17, 2008
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2008
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Felon offers a rather hackneyed depiction of prison life, but is held together by a pleasantly complex plot and solid performances from Kilmer and Dorff.

Noel Murray
AV Club

It's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

Written and directed by Ric Roman Waugh, and filmed at the New Mexico State Penitentiary near Santa Fe, Felon is one of the most realistic prison films ever made.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

The plot expands and gets more complex as the story progresses, and the dramatic tension ratchets up

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Ronnie Scheib

Stephen Dorff's powerhouse perf as an ordinary Joe trapped behind bars with warring ethnic psychopaths propels "Felon" well ahead of its expose/exploitation brethren while still avoiding the pious learning curves of Frank Darabont's prestige prison dramas

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A good cast and disciplined direction add some distinction to Ric Roman Waugh's Felon, which is basically the old tale about an innocent man corrupted by a stay in prison.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...establishes itself as a gritty, thoroughly compelling prison drama that rarely relies on the various tropes of the genre.

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John Anderson

Tough, brutish prison drama with an easy windup, but good acting and an uncompromising take on the prison system.

Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

A subplot involving corrupt guards makes the movie even duller than the score that sounds like a rusty squeezebox.

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Prairie Miller

Dorff, who was last spotted as a scary sexual sadist in Shadowboxer, gives a mesmerizing performance evolving from stunned civilian to brutalized inmate and dangerous prison thug, then transforming into a tested man who rediscovers his own humanity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
A bit sappy, but the acting was better than expected.
Curtis Lilly
Prison movies are my favorite just because they scare the crap out of me. And what could make a prison movie better than Stephen Dorff and an old gruff Val… More
xGary Xx
A construction worker accidentally kills an intruder in his home and finds himself incarcerated in a maximum security prison with a hardcore lifer who… More
Nani Vang
I really liked this movie for some odd reason. As usual, the guy picked it out...so I figured it would be a "guy" movie. BUT! Turns out...it was… More
Lady D'arbanville
A pleasant find, thought this was going to be a full on Action style film, with over the top performances, instead we have a pretty naturally acted, fairly… More
Mike S
This is a great example of how a movie can be amazingly captivating, and ascend to impressive heights, without as much as a single explosion, car chase or CGI… More