Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of those movies you like more at the time than in retrospect.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The script does create sufficient tension and intrigue to hook viewers along with a photogenic, hardworking cast.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
That the film, directed in swift strokes by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay credited to Kurt Wimmer, doesn't really work - unrelentingly grim, unintentionally funny - is almost beside the point. It's a wild concept.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Deep within Law Abiding Citizen lurks a thought-provoking movie. But most of what we see on the screen is implausible, superficial and only marginally involving.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Clyde is meant to be nuts, but too often it's Law Abiding Citizen that checks rationality at the door.
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By Mark Jenkins
We're supposed to be awed, but a more reasonable response is to giggle. How does a Kevlar tie kill? And if it can, why hasn't the CIA sent a Kevlar scarf to Osama bin Laden?
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Jeez, did the "surprise" climax have to be this eye-rollingly stupid?
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Such a lazy action-drama underachiever, it seems unfair to target stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler for bringing their C game.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Like a lot of action-movie directors, Gray lacks the imagination to view the art of cat-and-mouse as more than a chance to play with state-of-the-art war technology.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Vigilante movies hold a firm place in cinematic history, but for them to work, the vigilante needs to be a sympathetic anti-hero.
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34 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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