127 Hours Reviews

  • 127 Hours offers a daunting challenge to a filmmaker: How do you rivet an audience when your protagonist can't even move? The answer is that there's an awesome freedom to Danny Boyle's filmmaking.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • To say that this movie gets under your skin is only barely a figure of speech. It pins you down, shakes you up and leaves you glad to be alive.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It's a movie worth seeing, even when it's barely watchable.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • How do you make a movie about immobility? For a hyperactive stylist like Boyle, whose movies are at best thrillingly kinetic and at worst represent death by a thousand cuts, the solution turns out to be absurdly simple. He heads inward.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • A passionate, bloody argument for engagement with the world.

    Dan Kois — Village Voice

  • As Franco goes from fearful to resigned to resentful of the spot he's in, we're absolutely hooked.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Mr. Franco is simply terrific, and Mr. Boyle's trademark exuberance creates a dizzying succession of images that get the movie not only out of the canyon but into its hero's mind.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The latest from Danny Boyle is actually an ode to survival, a bracing story of man and nature and an exhilarating sensory experience. It's my favorite movie so far this year.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • In his impressive follow-up to Slumdog Millionaire, the Academy Award-winning director honors the lure of solitude while at the same time celebrating the beautiful necessity of other people.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • 127 Hours may be occasionally overdirected, but it's never under-felt... and more importantly, Franco's work goes a long way toward making Ralston's story live.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • From such harrowing beginnings, it's rather awesome what an entertaining film Danny Boyle has made with "127 Hours."

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Aside from an exhilarating opening and a gruesome climax, the movie isn't all that rich emotionally; all the visual razzle-dazzle winds up serving a pat lesson about people needing other people.

    Noel Murray — Chicago Reader

  • It's a coming-of-age story -- blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The nightmare becomes a tribute to Ralston's bravery -- without casting him as a hero. He just got tired of waiting to die and decided to live.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Directed and co-written by Danny Boyle in a style that travels from ecstatic to nerve-wracking and back, this is a film about perseverance, strength and the importance of always letting people know where you're going.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • It's an incredible performance by Franco, walking the line between what once was enthusiasm but now is manic desperation.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Fraught with tension, yet never claustrophobic, 127 Hours is a phenomenal piece of work in which a fine actor and an innovatively cinematic director join forces to keep you gasping for oxygen all the way.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • [Franco's] take on Ralston feels both credible and compelling; few actors could have made us care so much, or disappeared so completely into the role.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • Like all great movies, "127 Hours" takes us on a memorable journey. Which is not easy when 90 percent of the movie takes place with a virtually immobile hero in a very cramped setting.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Sleek and stylish, harrowing yet heartening, Danny Boyle and James Franco bring their best picture to the big screen.

    Laremy Legel — Film.com

Top Movies