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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Not as simple as it looks, though its appeal is simple: Robert Redford goes to prison, and James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos") is the warden. That's a movie worth seeing right there. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    They may call it The Last Castle, but moviegoers will ultimately feel rooked. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    This is an odd and ultimately dispiriting film, despite some intriguing ideas about brute force vs. moral authority, the elaborately staged uprising -- and impressive actors in the cast. That is to say, they've been impressive elsewhere. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    If this melodrama has that haven't-we-met-before look, it's because it combines elements of "The Caine Mutiny" (Gandolfini's Winter is Queeg-like) with those of "Stalag 17." show more

  • 38
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    I don't know why Redford and the white-hot Gandolfini signed on for this fiasco, but the give-and-take between them is the film's sole pleasure. show more

  • 88
    Jonathan Foreman New York Post

    It's an even rarer pleasure to see a film that combines exciting action with a smart, well-informed script and vivid yet restrained performances. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It could have been more, could have been a triumph and a classic, instead of simply an effective entertainment. show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    The kind of movie you can enjoy easily enough, as long as you don't think about it much. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    An outrageously unlikely prison action movie made with lots of eye-catching pizzazz and undeserved expertise. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Often feels choppy, as if chunks of connecting narrative had been lopped off in the editing room. show more

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