• Released
  • September 20, 2013
  • R , 2 hr 33 min
  • Drama
    Suspense/Thriller
  • 5,465 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A desperate father takes the law into his own hands after police fail to find two kidnapped girls.

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Critic Ratings

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Good

By toddrodriguez195
Best mystery movie...

Prisoners

By super6
This movie left me wanting more. It hit home bc I have children and would have done the same things. We let the wolverine down in this one! Go see it immediately!...

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Rated R | For Language Throughout, Disturbing Violent Content and Torture
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 16 & under Engrossing revenge thriller is very violent and intense.
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