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Based on 24 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 30 )
  • 25
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Almost everything about the movie lands with an emphatic, preordained thud. show more

  • 25
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    This film is so superficial and shifts so jarringly in tone that nothing feels authentic -- not Bacon's hard-working husband and father, nor his maniacal vengeance seeker. show more

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Death Sentence's message - that vengeance is ultimately futile, spinning out a vicious circle of rage and hate - may be commendable, but there's nothing noteworthy about the way Wan, Bacon and their troops go about delivering it. show more

  • 25
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Bacon's performance in "Saw" creator James Wan's laughably extreme revenge thriller Death Sentence is six degrees of ham. show more

  • 50
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Bears more than a slight connection to the landmark of the genre, 1974's "Death Wish," starring Charles Bronson. It is based on novelist Brian Garfield's sequel to his original book, though any resemblance is tenuous at best. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Wan's movie is very efficient. Bacon, skilled pro that he is, provides the character the movie needs, just as he has in such radically different films as "Where the Truth Lies," "The Woodsman" and "Mystic River." show more

  • 63
    Peter Debruge Miami Herald

    Death Sentence would be right at home as one half of "Grindhouse"'s B-movie double bill. show more

  • 50
    Boston Globe

    The cynics will slap their foreheads, the squeamish will cover their eyes, but the revenge movie fanatics should be nice and satisfied after the whole ordeal. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Sadly, Bacon is only intermittently convincing as a man hell-bent on revenge or a father tortured by what he has unleashed on his family. show more

  • 38
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Wan wants to have something both ways, and in the end, he gets almost nothing. As Clint Eastwood said in yet another genre picture: A man’s gotta know his limitations. show more

  • December 26, 2010 dinasarioglo
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    my favorite movie.

  • April 21, 2009 sarahstny
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    The song by Fisher, I will love you, was fantastic!!!!!! I had to have it.

  • January 19, 2009 DENNIS JENSEN
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    This has to be one of the best vigilante movies I have seen in years. Kevin Bacon was as wonderful surprise. My family and I watched it 3 times in 2 days. I have a feeling it was overshadowed by Jodie Foster's The Brave One, which cannot hold a candle to Death Sentence.

  • June 18, 2008 michael66j
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    kevin bacon playing mean is worthseeing but john goodmans bonz darling is even cooler . this movie is loud violent and foul mouthed everything a classic needs go see it

  • May 22, 2008 David
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    Not something I would have ever thought Kevin Bacon would accept....with his acting abilities. In my opinion terribly written and directed.

  • May 22, 2008 lightqqs84
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    This movie was good and so sad. Can someone please tell meIf there's a soundtrack to this movie and if so can you giveMe the name of the artist.

  • May 22, 2008 sarah124589
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  • May 22, 2008 g8rtrish
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    I love Kevin Bacon. That's why I rented the movie. But, come on, the plot holes were huge and many. I was very disappointed that I wasted my time.

  • May 22, 2008 lrryacedog
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    p.s.\n\nat no point has anyone EVER at the fox said," there would be no problem had they been a straight couple." That?s just slanderous bull. People used to ask me all the time if it was a straight bar, or a gay bar. I've always said its an "everybody bar. As long as you don't act a fool, you are welcome."

  • May 22, 2008 teevenice
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    This film was terrible. I can't believe Kevin Bacon or his agent read the script before accepting the role. Is he that hard up for an acting job. Very unrealistic. Average joe turns into a navy seal as far as fighting and handling firearms. Gets shot at with shotguns numerous times at close range but never ********. Almost walked out of this one. Police accuse him of starting a war and then just allow him to continue. His familly gets killed. The police can't find the culprits, but he can. Ridiculous,silly.

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