88

New York Post

By Jonathan Foreman
It's an even rarer pleasure to see a film that combines exciting action with a smart, well-informed script and vivid yet restrained performances.
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
The kind of movie you can enjoy easily enough, as long as you don't think about it much.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Not as simple as it looks, though its appeal is simple: Robert Redford goes to prison, and James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos") is the warden. That's a movie worth seeing right there.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It could have been more, could have been a triumph and a classic, instead of simply an effective entertainment.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
An outrageously unlikely prison action movie made with lots of eye-catching pizzazz and undeserved expertise.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
If this melodrama has that haven't-we-met-before look, it's because it combines elements of "The Caine Mutiny" (Gandolfini's Winter is Queeg-like) with those of "Stalag 17."
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
This is, after all, not just Robert Redford. It's Redford in the nobly burnished self-mythologic perfection of his late-middle-aged golden god-ness.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
They may call it The Last Castle, but moviegoers will ultimately feel rooked.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
This is an odd and ultimately dispiriting film, despite some intriguing ideas about brute force vs. moral authority, the elaborately staged uprising -- and impressive actors in the cast. That is to say, they've been impressive elsewhere.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
I don't know why Redford and the white-hot Gandolfini signed on for this fiasco, but the give-and-take between them is the film's sole pleasure.
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43 out of 100
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