75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The picture is neither flawless nor foolproof, but it's smart and tight enough to keep audiences off-balance and entertained for the running length.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
By turns brilliant and simplistic, moving and preposterous, the movie takes one of the ultimate hot-button American issues -- the morality of capital punishment -- and dissolves it into a volatile mix of psychological thriller and socio-political fable.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Plot contrivances, including an ominous cowboy-hatted figure who stalks Bitsey and her tagalong intern (Gabriel Mann), undermine the story's serious political themes.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A shock ending may be the best hope for this film, a convoluted mystery that thinks it's way smarter than it is.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
By the end, it reveals itself as too pat, too absurd and -- as a polemic against capital punishment -- philosophically self- defeating.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
In trying to disguise his themes within the structure of a noir thriller, Parker was simply more successful at fooling himself than us.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Soon, the audience feels its own sense of despair -- for a movie that might have worked but didn't.
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A self-righteous mishmash that can't decide whether to be a tribute to the fanatical leftist passion that thrives in college towns, an indictment of that very same fanaticism, or a ghoulishly didactic snuff-video thriller.
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25

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Positively reeks of self-importance -- the jokey, ham-fisted, pseudo-socially relevant, punch-pulling kind. It reeks worse of acting -- the Jack-Lemmon-in-a-coma Kevin Spacey kind.
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0

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Unlike "Dead Man Walking" and many honorable dramas before it, "David Gale" has nothing coherent to say about capital punishment, or anything else. It's a dead film lurching.
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31 out of 100
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