75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Lumpy title, lively movie. Dead Man Down proves to be a frisky gangster flick cum elaborate thriller cum off-beat romance. Yep, there’s a whole lot going on here, but this is one of those plot-heavy scripts that carries its weight with confidence – the intricate twists don’t cheat.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The tone and pacing of Dead Man Down have a distinctly European flavor, which may explain why American viewers, used to having background and exposition pared down and cleanly delivered, may feel adrift at the outset.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
More of a character-etched mood piece than a tautly calibrated caper, Dead Man Down benefits from potent visuals and a compelling international cast that also includes lead Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard and Isabelle Huppert.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Before it devolves into typical American-style action, there’s an intriguing, European-style complexity to Dead Man Down.
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55

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
J.H. Wyman's script is grim and fairly audacious, without anything so goofy as the silliest stuff in "Dragon Tattoo." The story involves some Grand Guignol violence, but its wildest notion is that a suicide-mission plot might somehow yield a happy ending.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Before this urban revenge melodrama falls apart in a clatter of plot absurdities and pretensions, it has its loopy charms.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
As a gritty thriller, Dead Man Down doesn't stand out among its bullet-riddled brethren.
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38

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Rapace is all over the place with her performance — needy, then self-assured, enraged, then in love. The always feral Farrell seems as dismayed by her as the rest of us.
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38

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev.
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25

Slant Magazine

By Calum Marsh
The action merely meanders when it should be hurtling forward, running in circles when one expects it to head toward a conclusion or some sense of resolution.
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39 out of 100
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