63

Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
Death Sentence would be right at home as one half of "Grindhouse"'s B-movie double bill.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Wan's movie is very efficient. Bacon, skilled pro that he is, provides the character the movie needs, just as he has in such radically different films as "Where the Truth Lies," "The Woodsman" and "Mystic River."
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Bears more than a slight connection to the landmark of the genre, 1974's "Death Wish," starring Charles Bronson. It is based on novelist Brian Garfield's sequel to his original book, though any resemblance is tenuous at best.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Death Sentence's message - that vengeance is ultimately futile, spinning out a vicious circle of rage and hate - may be commendable, but there's nothing noteworthy about the way Wan, Bacon and their troops go about delivering it.
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50

Boston Globe

The cynics will slap their foreheads, the squeamish will cover their eyes, but the revenge movie fanatics should be nice and satisfied after the whole ordeal.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Sadly, Bacon is only intermittently convincing as a man hell-bent on revenge or a father tortured by what he has unleashed on his family.
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25

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Bacon's performance in "Saw" creator James Wan's laughably extreme revenge thriller Death Sentence is six degrees of ham.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

Almost everything about the movie lands with an emphatic, preordained thud.
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25

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This film is so superficial and shifts so jarringly in tone that nothing feels authentic -- not Bacon's hard-working husband and father, nor his maniacal vengeance seeker.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The morality of revenge is barely at issue in a movie that pushes the plausibility of revenge right over a cliff.
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36 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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