Ransom (1996)

Ron Howard directed this thriller which stars Mel Gibson as Tom Mullen, a former fighter pilot who built a ramshackle one-plane airline into a major multinational service fleet. Mullen has a multi-million dollar fortune, a beautiful wife,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 8, 1996
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2002
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The special nature of this story is its many climaxes that border on false endings and also how Gibson's character responds to the ransom demand of $2 million.... it is Gibson who sells us on it and sells it well.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

With a mechanical movie like this, filmmakers -- male or female -- can't take chances. Howard and company are hostages to their own conception.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A seriously stellar thriller...

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There are more climaxes in here than in a Swedish blue movie. This is not to say you won't be thrilled, charged up and put through the ringer at times, but your intelligence will need to be shoved under your seat like warm, flat soda.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

Mel Gibson and Rene Russo put an edgy 1990s spin on the roles originally played by Glenn Ford and Donna Reed.

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Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

Howard directs for speed and force. The movie moves so quickly it yanks you by too many niggling doubts and the action scenes are so good that you wonder why Opie hasn't shown this much vicious pizazz before.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

That's interesting stuff, but it doesn't play out with a lot of smarts. And the opportunity to end Ransom on a creepy note of unpredictability is forsaken for the usual glass-shattering, bullets-flying finale.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

By the time Tom Mullen has turned into an action superhero in a clumsy climax, Ransom has run out of ideas, and we've lost track of what we felt about a father's frantic efforts to save his son.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Ron Howard has directed the action smoothly and efficiently, but be warned that there's a great deal of hard-hitting violence.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
I don't recommend Mel Gibson films. This one's just average.
Albert Kim
Fun action thriller. Nothing more.
Melvin White
Ransom is an underrated thriller that has a great deal of top notch stars attached to it. Ron Howard is a good director and even though this isn't even… More
Dan Schultz
Solid thriller. Flirts with greatness, especially with its dynamite, bloody, awesome conclusion. Gibson vs. Sinise is pretty riveting stuff, Mel gives a routine… More
♥Robyn M♥
Mel Gibson gives a good performance, showing a man trying to think his way out of a crisis,when his son is kidnapped holding him for ransom. Intrigue is… More
Conner Rainwater
Not exactly a classic, it's perhaps one of the the least suspenseful thrillers out there. Ron Howard just didn't have the ability to pull off a movie… More