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The Next Three Days

Crime . Thriller . Drama . Romance

A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder. Lara Brennan is arrested for murdering her boss with whom she had an argument. It seems she was seen leaving the scene of the crime and her fingerprints were on the murder weapon. Her husband, John would spend the next few years trying to get her released, but there's no evidence that negates the evidence against her. And when the strain of being separated from her family, especially her son, gets to her, John decides to break her out. So he does a lot of research to find a way.

Actors: Brian Dennehy , Elizabeth Banks , Russell Crowe , Michael Buie , Olivia Wilde , Ty Simpkins , Tyrone Giordano , Nazanin Boniadi , Jason Beghe , Moran Atias , RZA
Directors: Paul Haggis
Country: USA , FRANCE
Release: 2010-11-19
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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Damon's how-to-break-the-law lesson - as ludicrous as anything else in this enjoyably zigzaggy exercise in accumulating peril - grants Neeson the fun of experimenting with an American ex-con accent for his one scene.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The characters are so vivid that the suspense never lags. Crowe is best in buttoned-down roles like this one, and he holds the husband's fear and resolve in balance.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Offers enough suspense to make it worth the price of admission.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    I didn't buy how The Next Three Days plays out - but I almost bought it, and that's good enough for a thriller.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The Next Three Days is genre fare - no pretensions, no nonsense.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The plot is worked out with care, and it takes its time, unapologetically, in a manner that's perfectly suited to thinking adults. The whole enterprise reeks of class.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A detail-oriented thriller that lets us keep up even as it races to a conclusion.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    A ponderous but mesmerizing tick-tock thriller. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    In its final half-hour, all the stops are pulled. The movie is still wildly implausible but at least it's hurtling forward. The only thing missing from the proceedings is a windmill for John to tilt at.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Stephen Cole

    An okay thriller with lots of smart flourishes, The Next Three Days has us hooked early on but never quite gets us in the boat.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The Next Three Days might have fared a lot better if the screenwriters had stuck to "The Next Two Days."

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie is a competent thriller, but maybe could have been more.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Okay, but it lacks conviction.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Slick, well acted and engaging. It's also morally bankrupt--a film that makes you feel as though you've been taken for a smooth ride by the Hollywood machine and dropped somewhere very nasty.

    Time Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The increasingly unlikely escapades culminate in a finale that's as narratively lazy as it is morally questionable, lending further credence to the voices that proclaimed Haggis absurdly overpraised for the 2004 Oscar-winner "Crash."

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Haggis doesn't trust the action to carry his themes across without emphasis, and his movie suffers for it.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    If The Next Three Days were just a little more mindless, it might have been more joyful.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    It plods along dutifully, with the occasional zigzag into contrivance, tidy coincidence and outright preposterousness.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    Far-fetched is fine in most action flicks. And it would work here if Days were a straightforward police story.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    There are some things to admire in the film, based on the French movie "Pour Elle," most of which involve developments that would give too much away.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Haggis finally finds the movie's groove late in the game, and the escape sequence itself is hectic, suspenseful, and enjoyably ridiculous.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    Once the second act begins with a title card announcing "The Last 3 Months"-the amount of time John spends cooking up labyrinthine plans to spring Lara-Haggis's film becomes interminably nonsensical.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Although involving, this remake of a recent French film never reaches the anticipated heights of excitement and suspense.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mark Keizer

    The movie was written and directed by Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash) and when stripped to its logline, it's pretty ridiculous.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Paul Haggis' middling fourth feature evinces a sometimes pulse-quickening fascination with procedural details, and climaxes with a good dose of swift, suspenseful filmmaking. But what was briskly diverting in the original has been rather laboriously overworked.

    Variety Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Paul Haggis is positive that withholding information while John makes "A Beautiful Mind" flow charts and deals with bad dudes will keep it interesting. Haggis is wrong.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    It's laughably, eye-rollingly absurd.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    About 33 minutes in, I couldn't help but think, if they do another close-up of your watch as it tick, tick, ticks toward another three, I will scream. But honestly, any screaming should be directed at Paul Haggis, who both wrote and directed this mess.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    There is all kinds of potential here, but Mr. Haggis lacks the Hitchcockian sense of mischief to make it blossom.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    How you feel about Paul Haggis's new film may depend on your contrivance threshold.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    You keep waiting for the movie to grow a brain, for that random attractive neighbor (Wilde) to turn out to be a decoy, for Banks herself to become suspect. Nope. The Next Three Days morphs into "The Fugitive" on steroids.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's damn hard to enjoy a thriller when you don't, won't, can't believe a word of it.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Una LaMarche

    Speaking of afterthoughts, Olivia Wilde has a bit part as a single mom who unwittingly aids and abets the Brennans in their escape, and Brian Dennehy lurches silently through a number of scenes as John's working-class father. It's jarring to see such big-name actors in such thankless roles.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Maybe taking a cue from his namesake dish, that much-maligned Scottish pudding concoction made with sheep innards and root vegetables, Haggis presents a mishmash of genres in this redo of Fred Cavayé's 2008 French film "Pour Elle."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Simon Kinnear

    Haggis struggles to make his presence felt over ludicrous thrills, but Crowe is superb and the entertainment factor high.

    Total Film Full Review
  • David Denby

    An accomplished, intelligent, often exciting piece of work, but I can't help wishing that Haggis had figured out how to make it more fun. [22 Nov. 2010, p. 140]

    The New Yorker Full Review
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