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Based on 21 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    The specifics of their predicament are well handled -- being thrown in a Third World prison may be every tourist's nightmare -- even if the movie eventually goes soft and squishy. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The heart of the film is in the performances of Danes and Beckinsale after they're sent to prison. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser Chicago Tribune

    The movie, directed by veteran Jonathan Kaplan, has enough in common with such American-in-foreign-jail movies as "Midnight Express" and the recent "Return to Paradise" to make you wonder why it ever got made. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris San Francisco Examiner

    Its finest moments come in sequences such as Alice and Darlene's prison break and the girls' final wrenching plea for freedom. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    We're stuck with contrived plot contortions, dull interpersonal interaction, and unconvincing dialogue. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    This is the kind of picture that is faux subtle when it should be bold, and really ham-handed when it should be delicate. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Overall it's a colorful, diverting cautionary tale. show more

  • 20
    Ron Wells Film Threat

    The best thing about a movie like this is I never have to see it again. show more

  • 20
    Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle

    Kaplan's lustily awful film is to be avoided if at all possible, and if not, well, don't say I didn't warn you. show more

  • 75
    Paula Nechak Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Brokedown Palace does have some plot implausibilities but Kaplan, manages to turn some hashed story lines into something substantial and emotionally affecting. show more

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