Prisoners
Prisoners (2013)

PRISONERS, from Oscar (R)-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, stars Oscar (R) nominees Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in a story that poses the question: How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 20, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 17, 2013
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81%
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Prisoners has an emotional complexity and a sense of dread that makes for absorbing (and disturbing) viewing.

Wesley Morris
Grantland

Jackman is still in his phase of high-masculine misery... The entire performance is an exclamation point, and he swings it like a baseball bat.

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Christy Lemire
ChristyLemire.com

It's got lofty aspirations but it also wants to wallow in the muck - to thrill you and sicken you in equal measure while also being About Something.

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

Not for the weak of stomach, Prisoners is a sure signifier that summer is over, more serious fare has arrived in theaters, and the Oscar race has begun.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

Prisoners is weary after ten minutes, and I suppose it has persuaded itself that its length is justified by its solemn gaze into the abyss.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

Ethical exploration or exploitation? In the end, I come down reservedly on the former side: the work done here by Jackman, Gyllenhaal, and especially Villeneuve is simply too powerful to ignore.

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire

An increasingly sloppy thriller, filled with obvious clues, laughable red herrings, and halfhearted "shock" reveals, played at a snail's pace that lets far too much air into the narrative.

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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press

In less talented hands, the story could lapse into the maudlin. But Villeneuve, director of the Oscar-nominated Incendies, seems to know just how far to go; only one moment feels less than authentic, but it would be a spoiler to mention it.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Prisoners is unforgettably relentless in asking moviegoers if Keller has gone too far. And, by extension, asking us how far we would go.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

Face fuzzed with a dark beard more intimidating than Wolverine's, Hugh Jackman is a feral presence, a savage force untamed by his own faith in the all-forgiving divine, in one of the year's most thrilling edge-of-seaters.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
With fantastic performances (Gyllenhaal deserved an Oscar), an extremely complex script so well written in every single detail and a phenomenal direction that… More
Jim Hunter
After a man's daughter is kidnapped, he resort to torturing the police's prime suspect in order to discover her whereabouts. As a thriller, this film… More
Jens S.
Outstanding acting, a tight, mesmerizing and engaging script and the directing make this one of the most exciting and best thrillers of recent years. The themes… More
William Sleet
Torture porn for the Daily Mail reader
jay nixon
Grim, ugly and violent. Good acting but not enjoyable as a viewing experience.
Bruce Bruce
Prisoners is a Mystery/Thriller film starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, and Paul Dano. Prisoners is a film about two families who both of… More