The Life of David Gale
The Life of David Gale (2003)

The mystery of one man's guilt or innocence literally becomes a matter of life and death in this drama. David Gale (Kevin Spacey) was the head of the philosophy department at Austin University and the author of several well-regarded… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 21, 2003
DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
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Critic Score: 19% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Instead of offering a convincing argument against the death penalty, this implausible, convoluted thriller pounds the viewer over the head with its message.

David Edelstein

It would take an intellect far superior to mine to explain the rationale -- or, for that matter, the release -- of David Gale.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Low thrills and high dudgeon are a bad mix.

Glenn Dunks
Junkee of the most offensively cheap and concocted 'twist' endings of all time

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

I ended up feeling sorry for Mr. Spacey, Ms. Winslet and Ms. Linney, so contrived was the foolishness in which they found themselves embroiled.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

A dazzling mess.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

An overripe melodrama -- a time waster.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Grading on the curve, I give it high marks for trying something different, but somewhat lower ones for entertainment value.

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Susan Walker
Toronto Star

One to add to the list of recent films not worthy of Spacey's talents.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Manages to offend the same people it seeks to defend with the most ridiculous and nonsensical endings that I've ever seen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
i really enjoyed this movie i thought it was very interesting and twist turning with a great storyline and plot. I liked how the story was focussed on trying… More
Lewis C.
"They destroy his life, his work, his memory...and they make him watch." The Life of David Gale tried very hard to be a thought-provoking movie that… More
Sajin P A
The critic community seemed hell-bound to pin down this movie as one belonging to the trash bag. The story about anti-capital-punishment activist David Gale,… More
familiar stranger
Despite of not being against capital punishment, this movie entertained me a great deal. The suspense element was of top-notch & there are enough twists… More
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney, Gabriel Mann, Rhona Mitra, Leon Rippy, Matt Craven, Jim Beaver, Elizabeth Gast, Cleo King, Constance Jones,… More
Randy Tippy
A little pushy, a little preachy, and loaded with socio-political bias.

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