83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Debt is basically an entertaining riff on "Munich." It's about a (fictional) operation of top secret Israeli revenge, carried out by three highly trained agents whose plan goes off the rails in ways that are more fascinating than the mission itself.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film's a potboiler but a gripping one, and it leaves you chewing on both its nuances and implausibilities.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
What the three pairs of actors lack in semblance (or resemblance), they make up for to a great extent in their performances.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
With its blend of taut action and profound revelations, The Debt is definitely worth an audience's investment.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It is an exciting movie, full of crises and dramatic turns despite an aura of sadness that seems to pervade it.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Chastain (a nifty match-up with Mirren) is a live wire, and her scenes with Csokas and Worthington have a spark the later scenes lack. No matter. The Debt holds you in its grip.
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60

Movieline

The Debt shortchanges itself severely with the weight it gives the portion of its story set further in the past.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
As a thriller, The Debt performs many if not all the right moves. Where the John Madden-directed film gets into trouble is in wanting to deal with the Holocaust without being entirely a period film.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Despite some early whispers of awards potential, The Debt is nothing more than a gritty thriller with a highbrow pedigree.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
Any self-respecting period piece, historical drama or even caper movie - and The Debt is all three - balances issues of global significance with interpersonal drama. The problem here is that the personal eclipses the global. The stakes are too low.
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65 out of 100
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