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75
Chicago Sun-Times
One of those movies you like more at the time than in retrospect.
63
That the film, directed in swift strokes by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay credited to Kurt Wimmer, doesn't really work - unrelentingly grim, unintentionally funny - is almost beside the point. It's a wild concept.
50
Miami Herald
The payback in Law Abiding Citizen doesn't have a cathartic kick, because the revenge is so extreme it's horrifying.
42
Clyde is meant to be nuts, but too often it's Law Abiding Citizen that checks rationality at the door.
40
Law Abiding Citizen, ultimately and inappropriately, tips the scales in favor of the Man over mankind. Somebody call Charles Bronson.
38
Rolling Stone
Jeez, did the "surprise" climax have to be this eye-rollingly stupid?
30
Village Voice
If the filmmakers meant a word of it, they'd quit making films and do something more useful. "Saw" with a conscience is not what the world needs.
25
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A vigilante/torture-porn potpourri, is particularly toxic because it's scented with phony importance.
25
A flagrantly ridiculous thriller that tries to retrofit "Saw" to function as a mainstream, semi-respectable vigilante picture
25
Like a lot of action-movie directors, Gray lacks the imagination to view the art of cat-and-mouse as more than a chance to play with state-of-the-art war technology.

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