Snitch Reviews

  • Dwayne Johnson has his best performance yet as a father fighting to save his son from a grave injustice.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • The film tries to paint in shades of gray with vague criticisms of the war on drugs, but the absurdity of its he-man Everyman plot ends up turning its moral palette a muddy brown.

    Keith Staskiewicz — Entertainment Weekly

  • Mr. Johnson's screen presence, however charismatic, is out of sync with the rest of the movie.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • In its focus on an ordinary family facing a nightmarish scenario, Snitch is a terrifying but relatable story.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "Snitch" is protein-and-starch filmmaking at its utilitarian -- and belly-filling -- best.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Nobody is going to confuse a Dwayne Johnson movie with "Les Miserables." But "Snitch" gets a decent amount of drama (and action, of course) out of the argument that there's paying for a crime, and then there's overpaying.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • Its nominal outrage over the severity of our nation's sentencing laws for first-time drug offenders is quickly subsumed by a jacked-up narrative of a father going to extremes to save his son.

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

  • Half crime thriller, half family drama, with a bit of legal and behind-prison-walls suspense thrown in, "Snitch" is like watching an elephant on ice: inelegant, but you admire the effort.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • This movie executes two missions: A) to entertain us; and B) to put some big exclamation points on a couple of messages about certain drug laws in this country in need of a thorough re-examination.

    Richard Roeper — Chicago Sun-Times

  • "Snitch" has a way of keeping you guessing about the next turn in its story, and a way of keeping Johnson's character compellingly at the mercy of others.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The B-movie action version of an advocacy doc: It tries (with some success) to show the inequity in a system in which a first offender on a drug charge can, in many cases, spend more time behind bars than a rapist, or armed robber, or even a murderer.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • In "Snitch," Dwayne Johnson delivers a strong, disciplined performance as an ordinary civilian trapped in a Kafkaesque corner of the legal system.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • When the list of the year's most eminently forgettable films is drawn up at the end of 2013, "Snitch" will likely be near the top.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • For all its lunkheadedness, "Snitch" is a shockingly deeper, less action-oriented affair than one would expect ...

    Barbara VanDenburgh — Arizona Republic

  • Designed to make empathetic citizens question the system, this strangely compelling issue pic plays less to auds' hearts than to their craving for testosterone ...

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • A glorified TV movie ...

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Williams, Bernthal and Pepper ride to the rescue of the marquee talent, and also to Snitch.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Despite its apparent compromises to noble finger-wagging (initially) and requisite fist-pumping (eventually), Waugh has fashioned a sturdy character-first entertainment out of Snitch.

    William Goss —

  • What a pleasant surprise.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • Someone please get director Ric Roman Waugh a tripod!

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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