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Based on 36 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A shock ending may be the best hope for this film, a convoluted mystery that thinks it's way smarter than it is. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    By the end, it reveals itself as too pat, too absurd and -- as a polemic against capital punishment -- philosophically self- defeating. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Soon, the audience feels its own sense of despair -- for a movie that might have worked but didn't. show more

  • NA
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Unlike "Dead Man Walking" and many honorable dramas before it, "David Gale" has nothing coherent to say about capital punishment, or anything else. It's a dead film lurching. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Plot contrivances, including an ominous cowboy-hatted figure who stalks Bitsey and her tagalong intern (Gabriel Mann), undermine the story's serious political themes. show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    In trying to disguise his themes within the structure of a noir thriller, Parker was simply more successful at fooling himself than us. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The picture is neither flawless nor foolproof, but it's smart and tight enough to keep audiences off-balance and entertained for the running length. show more

  • 63
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    By turns brilliant and simplistic, moving and preposterous, the movie takes one of the ultimate hot-button American issues -- the morality of capital punishment -- and dissolves it into a volatile mix of psychological thriller and socio-political fable. show more

  • 63
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Damned if Parker hasn't done it again. An intermittently good filmmaker but a consistently bad polemicist, he may well sway opinion here -- but, oops, not in the hoped-for direction. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    More concerned with quickening our pulses than broadening our minds. show more

  • June 16, 2010 MissKMichael
    Report This User

    I LOVED this movie. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. thrilling and a ***********. Kevin Spacey does an amazing job as well as Kate Winslet. :) 2 thumbs up.

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