100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A true-life adventure that turns into a one-man disaster movie - and the darker it gets, the more enthralling it becomes.
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100

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Only a truly visionary filmmaker could take a story largely set in a cramped canyon and give it a sense of openness and hope.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
It's exciting, stirring, often funny, sometimes lyrical and unusually thoughtful. And, with that one egregious exception, genuinely pleasurable.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
All of the key creative personnel contribute to the movie's nail-biting tension and unexpectedly moving finale. Jon Harris's editing is matchless, and Rahman's score effectively heightens the emotion. Ultimately, however, it is the talents of Boyle and Franco that sock this movie home.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Like the A.R. Rahman score that drives the movie, the triumphant 127 Hours pays fitting tribute to Aron by being thrillingly alive.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It's a coming-of-age story - blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The scene appalls but doesn't offend; it's a "Worst-Case-Scenario Survival Handbook'' nightmare that resonates on the metaphysical level.
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70

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Once Franco's on his own, everything is played across this terrific actor's deceptively goofy face.
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70

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Even by my super-wimp standards, Aron's exit is surprisingly coy, coming from a filmmaker who gets his kicks from goosing the hell out of his audiences.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
127 Hours, about an unimaginably unbearable experience, is pretty much an unbearable experience of its own. And yet, it must be said, it's exceptionally well made.
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82 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.