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Based on 37 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 60 )
  • 63
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Chastain (a nifty match-up with Mirren) is a live wire, and her scenes with Csokas and Worthington have a spark the later scenes lack. No matter. The Debt holds you in its grip. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It is an exciting movie, full of crises and dramatic turns despite an aura of sadness that seems to pervade it. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    With its blend of taut action and profound revelations, The Debt is definitely worth an audience's investment. show more

  • 50
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    Any self-respecting period piece, historical drama or even caper movie - and The Debt is all three - balances issues of global significance with interpersonal drama. The problem here is that the personal eclipses the global. The stakes are too low. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    What the three pairs of actors lack in semblance (or resemblance), they make up for to a great extent in their performances. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Despite some early whispers of awards potential, The Debt is nothing more than a gritty thriller with a highbrow pedigree. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    As a thriller, The Debt performs many if not all the right moves. Where the John Madden-directed film gets into trouble is in wanting to deal with the Holocaust without being entirely a period film. show more

  • 60

    The Debt shortchanges itself severely with the weight it gives the portion of its story set further in the past. show more

  • 61
    Ella Taylor NPR

    The movie drowns the deeper questions it raises in a sadistic procedural, an endless circular motion of fight scenes whose only justification is themselves. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    A more daring script might have found ways to tell the stories in parallel, doling out just enough information to keep viewers involved. But, as it is, The Debt grasps the viewer pretty firmly, delivering thrills without trivializing the moral quandaries that set it in motion. show more

  • October 02, 2012 Dimitri
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    Promising beginning--with some shocking surprises--but the film goes flat when the debt is revealed as the mission never carried out and an elderly Helen Mirren is recuited to go kill a Nazi, who is preposterously still alive and still lethal after decades. (Bad pairing of the actors to their younger selves--the roles of the men should have been reversed.)

  • February 01, 2012 yq00000000111206
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    A little slow paced, but great acting and intriguing plot

  • January 23, 2012 Jeanne
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    Typical movie these days that lacks any realistic story or follow through. Starts out with so many flashbacks it\'s hard to follow, and the end is choppy and ridiculous. Don\'t waste your money or time.

  • November 03, 2011 morteew
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    Too many flashbacks. If u goto the toilet u get lost!

  • October 26, 2011 Moviecritique
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    This movie had potential and then sucked wind. I went to see a suspenseful spy flick and got a bag of crap for my money.

  • October 20, 2011 worldpeace11
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    another hollywood propaganda movie... israel is good. what the heck?! when are we going to see something about how israeli abused the palestine?! well.... world is not fair. who control the media control our perception of realities

  • October 05, 2011 milakette
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    Don\'t you just love to see tiny little women beat the heck out of men twice their size? Oh, my, so ridiculous!!!!!!

  • October 04, 2011 wx00000000089067
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    interesting but eh

  • October 02, 2011 dmbeaster
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    A weak movie. More of a soap opera set in a spy thriller background, with more emphasis on the suds than thriller. Some of the spy stuff is suspenseful, but in the end, its just mushy crap. I wold not recommend it despite the stellar cast.

  • September 30, 2011 perlinm
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    good action


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