Ransom Synopsis
A tycoon (Mel Gibson) threatens his son's kidnappers on television.
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San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
Ransom is every bit as taut and expertly directed, and it's another in the emergency genre, one in which Howard excels.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Until the disappointingly conventional ending, in which dad and the head baddie go it mano a mano on the streets, this dark drama -- based...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Slick thrills and the star's blue eyes are enough to make Ransom the fall's monster hit. Instead, Howard and Gibson stake out a Moclock...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie would have benefitted from a tight rewrite (it is too ambitious in including plot threads it doesn't have time to deal with), but...
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By James Berardinelli
Ransom isn't a bad thriller, it's just not a great one. There's a little too much pointless running around, a subplot that leads nowhere,...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is a blueprint for mainstream moviegoing, but be forewarned that the finale is surprisingly down-and-dirty. In this case, though, the...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Ransom has some clever and exciting moments, but in scene after scene it teases you with gamesmanship only to pummel you with contrivance.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Since "To pay or not to pay" is banal, the plot takes the popular path of excess to a brain-boggling twist (to be specific would be to ruin...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Beneath the handsome production values, the steady motor of Ron Howard's direction and the solid acting of Mel Gibson as a flashy airline...
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Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
A reprehensible movie from just about every perspective, Ransom tries to justify the behavior of its lead character as something grounded...
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