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The Bone Collector

Drama . Mystery . Thriller . Crime

Rookie cop Amelia Donaghy reluctantly teams with Lincoln Rhyme -- formerly the department's top homicide detective but now paralyzed as a result of a spinal injury -- to catch a grisly serial killer dubbed The Bone Collector. The murderer's special signature is to leave tantalizing clues based on the grim remains of his crimes.

Actors: Denzel Washington , Angelina Jolie , Queen Latifah , Michael Rooker , Michael McGlone , Luis Guzmán , Leland Orser , John Benjamin Hickey , Bobby Cannavale , Ed O'Neill
Directors: Phillip Noyce
Country: USA , CANADA
Release: 1999-11-05
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  • Jami Bernard

    Slick entertainment.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    A tribute to old-fashioned craftsmanship and skill both on and off the screen, it's as crisp and efficient as its law enforcement protagonists, able to make the best of its traditional genre elements.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    A skeleton-thin thriller wrapped in glamorous production values.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jay Carr

    Washington and Jolie earn their stripes here, but more texture would have resulted, I think, in more terror.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    Although the film disappoints in the final stretch (both the villain and his motive turn out to be very lame), it confidently thrills for most of its nearly two-hour length. Full Review
  • Eric S. Arnold

    May be formulaic...but many good recipes are.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Quickly assumes the characteristics of a bad slasher movie.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The quality of the acting is so much better than the material deserves.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    This variation on the "Rear Window" format works best when director Noyce gives free rein to Washington's thoughtful charm.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ruthe Stein

    Often falls flat.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Climaxes in an ending of such sleazy preposterousness that it's almost worth the price of admission alone.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    A middling urban thriller that's one part "Rear Window" and three parts "Seven."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    There's only one good reason to see The Bone Collector, and her name is Angelina Jolie. Full Review
  • Robert Horton

    Sometimes star power alone can keep you from walking out of a movie, and this is one of those times. Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    A cinematic game that might be called Urban Creep Show, New York-style.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    It's kind of fun--if you have the stomach for its more grisly passages.

    Time Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    Entertaining but never fully engrossing.

    Variety Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    This mild thriller's consistently dark atmosphere makes the scene-of-the-crime tableaux...transcend exploitation and even suggest a kind of feminist odyssey.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    A piece of exploitive schlock.

    Slate Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    You may have as much fun tearing it apart in its aftermath as you do watching it, but the fun is still genuine.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    If you have a strong stomach, a weak sense of disbelief, an active interest in Denzel Washington or Angelina Jolie and a temporarily inactive brain, you may enjoy it awhile.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • F. X. Feeney

    By the last third, one is sick to death of seeing people tortured, no real catharsis is offered, and stupid is how one feels.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Amy Taubin

    So formulaic and predictable that you're bored even when you're scared.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Matt Kelsey

    Both leads perform admirably.

    TNT RoughCut Full Review
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