Law Abiding Citizen Reviews

  • What I mostly noticed is how quickly I've grown tired of Butler's mush-mouthed bravura, and also how much I hope that Foxx, who looks bored, holds his slumming down to this one film.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • It's about the cat-and-mouse game between two very smart guys, and it's perfectly happy to be as dumb as it wants.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It's silly and nasty at the same time: not a good combination.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • The exploration of right and wrong, and its complicated lack of clarity, gets trammeled amid the bevy of explosions, volley of bullets and mounting body count.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A preposterous exercise in high-minded brutality, "Law Abiding Citizen" tries to pass itself off as a dialectic on justice betrayed, but instead plays like a snuff film with our nation's legal system as the victim.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • Like a lot of action-movie directors, Gray lacks the imagination to view the art of cat-and-mouse as more than a chance to play with state-of-the-art war technology.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Saw with a conscience is not what the world needs.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Law Abiding Citizen is such a lazy action-drama underachiever, it seems unfair to target stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler for bringing their C game.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The explanation of Clyde's methods is preposterous, but it comes late enough that F. Gary Gray, the director, is first able to generate considerable suspense and a sense of dread.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • That the film, directed in swift strokes by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay credited to Kurt Wimmer, doesn't really work -- unrelentingly grim, unintentionally funny -- is almost beside the point. It's a wild concept.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The movie is not -- putting it courteously -- tightly constructed. The narrative shifts are jerky and the tone bounces around like a Jeep on a dirt road.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • As a social statement, Law Abiding Citizen is a flawed attempt at holding the legal system accountable for its shortcomings. As a movie, it's a ridiculous execution of a misguided concept.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • It winds up feeling overwritten yet underexplained, foregoing plausible revelations in favor of gusty debate about the ethical challenges of practicing and upholding the law.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • At last, the missing link between Phantom of the Opera and Saw. Welcome to the gonzo revenge saga Law Abiding Citizen.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • It's a "Who dies next?" slasher film masquerading as a revenge thriller.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • You want to see what happens, even as logic tumbles, and there are fascinating undercurrents in the bargain.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Sure, it's outta place for October, but there's no reason you can't enjoy a mindless piece of candy against the backdrop of fall foliage.

    Laremy Legel — Film.com

  • This strikes me as narrative cheating, but you may play the critical game by more relaxed rules.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • The more Kurt Wimmer's screenplay reveals about the lead character's scheme, the more difficult it is to believe that Law Abiding Citizen is intended to be taken seriously.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • An implausible thriller with a few horror elements in the guise of social criticism.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

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