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Law Abiding Citizen

Thriller . Crime . Drama

A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

Actors: Christian Stolte , Emerald-Angel Young , Regina Hall , Gregory Itzin , Michael Irby , Leslie Bibb , Bruce McGill , Colm Meaney , Gerard Butler , Jamie Foxx
Directors: F. Gary Gray
Country: USA
Release: 2009-10-16
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  • Roger Ebert

    One of those movies you like more at the time than in retrospect.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    The script does create sufficient tension and intrigue to hook viewers along with a photogenic, hardworking cast.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    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.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    True torture-porn aficionados will be disappointed, as editor Tariq Anwar cuts away right before blade meets flesh -- a move that feels a tad, well, gutless under the circumstances. But elsewhere, "Citizen" proves startlingly graphic, even by R-rated standards.

    Variety Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The payback in Law Abiding Citizen doesn't have a cathartic kick, because the revenge is so extreme it's horrifying.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Deep within Law Abiding Citizen lurks a thought-provoking movie. But most of what we see on the screen is implausible, superficial and only marginally involving.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The biggest problem with Law Abiding Citizen, however, is that the plot is just plain dumb.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    LawAbiding Citizen smells a bit musty these days. Indeed, in an era when the debate has shifted from too little state vigilance to too damn much, this thing seems almost quaint.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Clyde is meant to be nuts, but too often it's Law Abiding Citizen that checks rationality at the door.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    The movie starts out as a potboiler with a troubling character arc; unfortunately, it ends up becoming a goofy, story-overwhelming Rube Goldberg contraption that would make the producers of the "Saw" series blush.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    We're supposed to be awed, but a more reasonable response is to giggle. How does a Kevlar tie kill? And if it can, why hasn't the CIA sent a Kevlar scarf to Osama bin Laden?

    NPR Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    Relentlessly ugly, preposterous and hackneyed of dialogue: guilty on all counts. It will do well, then.

    Empire Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Law Abiding Citizen, ultimately and inappropriately, tips the scales in favor of the Man over mankind. Somebody call Charles Bronson.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Glenn Whipp

    The film's greatest sin isn't its cynical moral posturing but its complete failure to engage audiences on even a visceral level.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Jeez, did the "surprise" climax have to be this eye-rollingly stupid?

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Such a lazy action-drama underachiever, it seems unfair to target stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler for bringing their C game.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    If the filmmakers meant a word of it, they'd quit making films and do something more useful. "Saw" with a conscience is not what the world needs.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Wears its preposterousness with a certain pride. 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.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Butler has the showier part, but his impersonation of the tragic hero is undercut by his weird resemblance to Soupy Sales. You start hoping that Shelton will kill somebody with a custard (or puffer-fish) pie to the face.

    Time Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    A movie devoted to baroque revenge would be, on its own terms, acceptable; what makes Law Abiding Citizen so risible is its humorless conviction that it's got Big Ideas at its core.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Cliff Doerksen

    Generally I don’t mind a little recreational fascism as long as it’s deep-fried in savory violent vengeance, but this overwrought mess gives vigilantism a bad name.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

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

    New York Post Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    Vigilante movies hold a firm place in cinematic history, but for them to work, the vigilante needs to be a sympathetic anti-hero.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    A vigilante/torture-porn potpourri, is particularly toxic because it's scented with phony importance.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    A flagrantly ridiculous thriller that tries to retrofit "Saw" to function as a mainstream, semi-respectable vigilante picture

    The A.V. Club Full Review
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