It's refreshing to see Nicolas Cage, non-histrionic and sort of subtle, in a halfway clever piece of indie pulp about a teacher who enlists a cult of vigilantes to kill the man who raped his wife.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Donaldson ... seems to have lost all talent for pacing.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Working with a pip of a premise, Seeking Justice is the kind of effective middle-range pulp thriller that has lately become an endangered species.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
There's a good idea here, in the story of helpless victims who get caught up in citizen vigilantism. But it's buried under a cheap, straight-to-DVD esthetic.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
I continue to consider Cage a gifted (if uneven) actor, but a movie like "Seeking Justice" challenges my faith.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
There's plenty to enjoy in this old-fashioned exploitation movie.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
It's a crime thriller starring Nicolas Cage, but it's not as bad as that phrase implies.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Seeking Justice is an intense thriller so full of shocks it keeps you wired from start to finish.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
[Cage] shouldn't do any more movies in which his character signals his acceptance of a Faustian bargain by buying two candy bars.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's one of those productions that is neither good enough nor bad enough to be enjoyable.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Neither the script's conspiracies nor Nicolas Cage's performance is weird enough to trump the film's generic feel...
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
[Cage] acquits himself well enough in this otherwise rudimentary thriller from deliriously unsubtle director Roger Donaldson.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
Seeking Justice is like mediocre pizza; It won't change the world but it should satisfy those hungry for a well-made, generic meal.
As far as a Cage film goes, Seeking Justice is better than the last couple major theatrical releases that have hit the screens.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Despite growing increasingly preposterous as the minutes tick by, Roger Donaldson's Seeking Justice is still at the high-end of star Nicholas Cage's recent output.
Simon Foster - Screen-Space
...a hopelessly uneven thriller that just isn't able to live up to its seemingly can't-miss premise...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
There is a strange and sometimes wondrous intensity in Cage's performances in these films; sometimes his madness is enough to elevate a film - like Werner Herzog's The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans - to a kind of trashy sublimity.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
- Dark Horizons
The movie opens with an embarrassingly obvious scene of exposition and ends in an abandoned mall with a laborious explanation by a talking killer and further villainous actions cleared up by a trusting local detective who can sweep things under the rug.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
Not much better than the dreck Nic Cage has been shoveling at us in recent years - a tad smarter, perhaps. But as in life, he keeps getting up off the mat and coming back for more, even if much of his audience isn't returning the favor.
As it stands, veteran director Roger Donaldson and writers Todd Hickey and Robert Tannen instead turn Seeking Justice into a lengthy chase movie that grows ever more ludicrous.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Ah, Nicolas Cage, you donkey- faced old ham. When did you finally give up on acting and abandon yourself totally to self-parody?
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
There needs to be a shot of [Cage] raising his fists looking up to the sky screaming 'JUSTIIIIIIICE!' as the camera pulls up, but the movie doesn't go there.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
'Death Wish' goes the corporate route in this silly action-thriller that's nonetheless leagues beyond Nicolas Cage's usual fare.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A bland revenge thriller with the Cage's blandest star turn since he sleepwalked through Bangkok Dangerous.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Nicolas Cage plays the regular man protagonist with surprising ease, dialing down the nutty affectations and keeping you engaged.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
The only thing you'll be wondering during this inert alleged thriller is where it all went wrong.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
A dumb-dumb variant on the Death Wish vigilante justice genre.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
This vigilante potboiler jettisons any sense of realistic goodwill with viewers by detouring into a series of silly plot twists and half-cocked conspiracy theories.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
An enjoyably loopy genre exercise. Connoisseurs of the Nic will need no further recommendation.
Kurt Loder - Reason Online
An agonizingly banal exercise in generic filmmaking makes even the most run-of-the-mill made-for-TV potboiler seem like a Charlie Kaufman head-spinner by comparison.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
If you are a hard core Nic Cage fan this won't kill ya, but avoiding it may make you stronger.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It's a perfectly palatable and even engaging thriller, albeit one requiring several leaps of faith and/or disengagement with reality.
John Anderson - Newsday
What's more fascinating about this widespread entanglement is how it relates to the movie's at-best questionable but more-likely nonexistent moral core.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Seeking Justice evokes the post-Watergate paranoia of '70s thrillers like The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor without having a worthy conspiracy at the bottom.
Scott Tobias - NPR
The film can't even rely on Nicolas Cage to raise its heartbeat, finding the actor looking tired and disinterested. Frankly, with this script, I don't blame him.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Just as bad as most of what Cage has been doing lately, but doesn't offer any of the campy delight of "The Wicker Man" or "Drive Angry."
Stephen Silver - The Trend
Goes from adequate to ludicrous but is only ever compelling enough to serve as audiovisual wallpaper while you're focused on something else.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
What holds "Seeking Justice" together is the skill with which director Roger Donaldson ramps up the tension as Cage gets into deeper and deeper trouble.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A mystery low on secrets and an ethical dilemma with no consideration of morality whatsoever.
Matt Pais - RedEye
Seeking Justice is ultimately as bland, undistinguished, and primed for a direct-to-video mass burial as its generic title.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Seeking Justice is memorable only because it contains what may be my favorite new Cage line reading of all time.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Nicolas Cage has spent so long turning himself into a living cartoon that he's lost the ability to play human beings.
Sam Adams - Time Out
Instead of seeking justice, this movie should be looking for some entertainment value.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Guy Pearce in a great Charles Bronson imitation in this revenge fantasy.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
The film's tossed-off look and clunky editorial construction are still secondary to the sheer silliness of its story.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
What is it, Nic? What happened? What do they do, send you the angry-guy action movies that Liam Neeson turns down?
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Confirma a transformacao definitiva de Nicolas Cage em Mark Dacascos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It's never terrible - just never terribly anything else, either.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
[VIDEO] In spite of director Roger Donaldson's respectable pedigree-he directed such winners as "Thirteen Days" and "The World's Fastest Indian"-everything about "Seeking Justice" screams B movie.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Cage's Faustian bargain with devils in his midst elicits some worst instincts. Rather than say biding time until revenge is more sensibly a dish best served cold. Which feels like a freaky futuristic urban fairy tale, and as familiar as the evening news.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Donaldson's skilful at orchestrating the action sequences, and there are two plot twists that should take you by surprise. At least you won't be bored.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Cage looks like a sex partner whose mind is on someone else. It's worse for knowing that someone is his accountant.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
In a career marked with sporadic hits among many misses, and despite initial promise, Seeking Justice falls firmly into the latter category.
James Luxford - The National
Without the ambition to ever do anything more, Justice is a lacklustre, low-grade thriller that you'd be disappointed by had it not set its standards so cripplingly low.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Donaldson maintains a lively pace, although the story doesn't bear too close an examination for fear of being engulfed by its own plot holes.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
Nicolas Cage stumbles through an ill-conceived plot, full of chasm-like holes, fails to play to his strengths ... and it doesn't feel like he's the one they wanted for the part anyway.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
It works well enough, and at the end the makers know that their film invites the audience to have its irony rations and eat them.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
The more convoluted the story becomes, the quicker our interest wanes until we're correctly guessing how it will end based on the film's unsubtle hints.
- Liverpool Echo
The plot trudges from A to B with zero surprises, while the excitement goes from the middling to the mind-numbing.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Nicolas Cage's quality control is clearly still on the blink if the clunky screenplay for this routine action thriller is anything to go by.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
An unsuspenseful thriller with shades of Death Wish. Nicolas Cage's return to New Orleans doesn't even have a hallucinatory iguana to recommend it.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Yet another example of a film with a decent enough premise, that just comes to pieces in the third act.
It's likely Justice will be of interest mainly to those tireless individuals who compile clip reels of Cage's worst moments and upload them to YouTube...
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
Donaldson keeps things tense, pacey and plausible but the inventiveness of the screenplay gives way to a dissatisfying, rather formulaic third act.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
The skies turn dark with melodrama; claptrap crackles in the clouds.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
The sum of its parts ... don't add up at times and make it feel somewhat disjointed. Cage fans are guaranteed a thrill at seeing him in action ...
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
Boring and objectionable in equal measure, Justice is badly written, poorly conceived and doesn't even offer the saving grace of a bonkers Nic Cage performance.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
While Justice is a relatively predictable thriller with the 1996 Oscar-winning Cage scarcely stretching himself, it also happens to pose above-average moral questions.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
If there's any justice, Nic might want to take a long break.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
It's not that 'Justice' doesn't achieve its goals - but the goals are so modest that disappointment is inevitable.
David Jenkins - Time Out