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Based on 24 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    As a gritty thriller, Dead Man Down doesn't stand out among its bullet-riddled brethren. show more

  • 38
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Before it devolves into typical American-style action, there’s an intriguing, European-style complexity to Dead Man Down. show more

  • 60
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    More of a character-etched mood piece than a tautly calibrated caper, Dead Man Down benefits from potent visuals and a compelling international cast that also includes lead Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard and Isabelle Huppert. show more

  • 55
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    J.H. Wyman's script is grim and fairly audacious, without anything so goofy as the silliest stuff in "Dragon Tattoo." The story involves some Grand Guignol violence, but its wildest notion is that a suicide-mission plot might somehow yield a happy ending. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Lumpy title, lively movie. Dead Man Down proves to be a frisky gangster flick cum elaborate thriller cum off-beat romance. Yep, there’s a whole lot going on here, but this is one of those plot-heavy scripts that carries its weight with confidence – the intricate twists don’t cheat. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The tone and pacing of Dead Man Down have a distinctly European flavor, which may explain why American viewers, used to having background and exposition pared down and cleanly delivered, may feel adrift at the outset. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Before this urban revenge melodrama falls apart in a clatter of plot absurdities and pretensions, it has its loopy charms. show more

  • 38
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    Rapace is all over the place with her performance — needy, then self-assured, enraged, then in love. The always feral Farrell seems as dismayed by her as the rest of us. show more

  • 25
    Slant Magazine

    The action merely meanders when it should be hurtling forward, running in circles when one expects it to head toward a conclusion or some sense of resolution. show more

  • March 18, 2013 oq00000000142084
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    Approved! I would imagine anyone who would prefer unrealistic movements in action movies, (such as floating in the air before kicking) probably would think this movie is a little too realistic haha. Seriously though, i wouldn't mind watching this again when it comes out on dvd

  • March 15, 2013 djt424
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    Awful, not even close to being anything close to believable and I\'m a big action movie junkie ......

  • March 11, 2013 Brenda
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    Walked out.

  • March 10, 2013 RAY
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    Holds your attention with revenge motivations throughout. Overall, a good movie !

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