Law Abiding Citizen Synopsis
A disgruntled widower (Gerard Butler) seeks revenge against the legal system.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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LAW ABIDING CITIZEN - arresting thriller! GRADE: B-average (Based on advance VIP press preview that was projected onto a silver screen at a theater)

Wed. Sept. 30th. This 1hr 45min action/suspense/thriller stars Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx - with a EXCELLENT supporting cast comprising Viola Davis, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Bruce McGill. The...

gross and disturbing

By kjoy8
sure the premise was a warped and unsettling justice system, but seriously, there are so many other ways to communicate that message without gore and violence. Maybe people who find dismemberment,...

Boycott Jamie Fox

By chriscuster
I am part of a movement to boycott all celebrities who exhibit racist and misogynist behavor. Not just Don Imus, Kanye West,Chris Brown, but Jamie Fox as well. The biogted, sexxist, anti-white...

One of the best movies i seen at the theaters.. period

By andrewjayman
first of all i would like to say that when i went into see this movie i thought it would be one of those that has all the good parts on the previews. from the start i gets you right to the edge of...

Law Abiding Citizen Remembers

By jimjoel49
When you pick a movie I hope one factor you will consider, are the actors in the movie using their fame to influence the moral fabric of our society in a positive or negative way? This is not a...

This is a Phenomenal movie!!

By 304Gadgetman
Just when I think Gerard Butler couldn't possibly get any better, he goes and teams up with Jamie Foxx and pulls out a rivetting drama like this — truly amazing. Watching this movie unfold had me...

Great Action, Good Storyline, Subplot Is Thin

By rodneyc3
Lots of action and edge of the seat suspense. Gerard Butler plays an awesome bad guy. Jamie Foxx doesn't really stretch since he is an arrogant butt in real life. But I digress... The main plot is...

Five Word Review

By dlmendy
Amazing Film Butler Absolutely Rocks...

Awesome Movie! A must see!

This movie really brings an array of emotions from beginning to end. There is a lot of drama and shocking moments to make both eyes bulge wide open during the film. You might jump at a...

Tops My List

By clairemiata
My boyfriend pratically dragged me to the theaters to see it and dragged me out to leave. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. An interesting look at how we as a so called civilized society...

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Rated R | For strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Violent vengeance thriller has lots of bloody brutality.
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