100

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
When it comes to thrillers, this one is as good as it gets. Not for the squeamish, but for anyone who loves movies, it’s too exhilarating to miss.
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
Prisoners can at times be a hard film to watch, but thanks to all the talent involved, it’s even harder to shake off.
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100

Variety

By Scott Foundas
A spellbinding, sensationally effective thriller with a complex moral center.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The thriller that's exciting, cathartic, and powerfully disturbing. Prisoners is that type of movie. It's rooted in 40 years of Hollywood revenge films, yet it also breaks audacious new ground.
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91

The Playlist

By Rodrigo Perez
The picture is often graphic and pulls no punches in its disturbing violence, but its unflinching nature gives it a memorable sear that won't soon be forgotten.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Some will write off Prisoners as shameless exploitation. But like Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River," to which it's been compared, Prisoners is so artfully shaped and forcefully developed that objections fade.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The cast is remarkable. Five of the seven principal cast members own previous Oscar nominations.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
Even with the stretched-out running time, Prisoners is one of the most intense moviegoing experiences of the year. You’ll never forget it.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Prisoners is infused with a poetic intensity that's rare in American thrillers. The closest cinematic comparisons would be "Zodiac," "In the Bedroom" and "Mystic River."
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60

Time

By Richard Corliss
This is the rough cut of a good movie, and a splendid opportunity wasted.
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74 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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