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Based on 46 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 51 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Some will write off Prisoners as shameless exploitation. But like Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," to which it's been compared, Prisoners is so artfully shaped and forcefully developed that objections fade. show more

  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    It's difficult to remember a recent movie that soared so high, before plummeting with a series of bad story choices. But the end result is still a strong piece of cinema, a failure only if you dwell on what might have been. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Prisoners is infused with a poetic intensity that's rare in American thrillers. The closest cinematic comparisons would be "Zodiac," "In the Bedroom" and "Mystic River." show more

  • 80
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    There's a near-sacred history in Hollywood of non-U.S.- born directors providing fresh perspectives on America. Miloš Forman. Alfred Hitchcock. Ang Lee. Ernst Lubitsch. Billy Wilder. For Prisoners, a stress-inducing trip into child abduction, the director is Quebecois filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, who gives us an American "hero" guaranteed to push many buttons, many times, and who might not have been allowed to be quite so awful, under a different director's lens. show more

  • 75
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    A devastating psychological thriller, Prisoners pulls us deep into our worst fear: the Amber Alert. Then it holds us under. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Dano, Bello, Howard, Davis and Leo — the last nearly unrecognizable — are equally strong. Villeneuve, whose last film was the Oscar-nominated “Incendies,” uses them all perfectly, and Prisoners works best when it’s not what you thought it was going to be. But even on familiar ground, it’s hard to let go of. show more

  • 100
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    Prisoners can at times be a hard film to watch, but thanks to all the talent involved, it’s even harder to shake off. show more

  • 60
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    Loki is a skilled creation, but lacking that sense of why, it's hard not to think of him as an artistic construct rather than a character. The same goes for Prisoners, a work of impressive craftsmanship that winds up making us think too much about how it was fashioned rather than what it has to say. show more

  • 84
    William Goss

    Rarely a moment is ever wasted, a consequence ignored, and though the climax is a corker, the final shot is even better. Prisoners requires and rewards your attention in equal measure. Be ready. show more

  • 100
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    When it comes to thrillers, this one is as good as it gets. Not for the squeamish, but for anyone who loves movies, it’s too exhilarating to miss. show more

  • February 25, 2014 rq00000000182448
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    The movie was REMARKABLE! I haven't seen something so emotionally gripping for a long time. This was surely an amazing ride. I would recommend it to anyone! Acting was phenomenal!!

  • January 04, 2014 Sir Raymond
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    Slow, Slow, Slow....... Whats on TV ?????

  • December 28, 2013 cq00000000175378
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    I won\'t sleep tonight. wow, what a ride. this movie will give you the chills. many tried this story before ,but this movie is made to perfection. even the music is a masterpiece. not sure how could someone think it is not good.

  • December 25, 2013 jackd1207
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    If not for the graffic scenes of violence/brutality and language this would have only been a fairly good made for TV movie.

  • December 23, 2013 fm00000000174984
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    Writing, directing, acting all great. Good movie from start to finish.

  • December 21, 2013 kk00000000175014
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    Outstanding movie with fantastic acting and storyline right through to the finish

  • November 18, 2013 scorpiontank
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    Bad Ass

  • November 09, 2013 au00000000170116
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    Do not waste your time nor your money.This movie is bad from beginning to end and the direction was awful.Too bad I could not get my money back.

  • November 04, 2013 tangodaddy1
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    Very predictable with too many miscues in the editing to make it believable. *********** raining, then it\'s snowing, then it\'s raining again and then 12 hours later there is snow on the ground and the ground is frozen solid that they can\'t dig in it. Didn\'t like it at all.

  • October 27, 2013 carolyn
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    The story line, the actors, the Hitchcock kind of twists , all were fantastic.

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