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The Debt


Genre :

Thriller, Drama

Release Date :

August 31, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating :


Director :

John Madden

Starring :

Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Marton Csokas, Jesper Christensen, Romi Aboulafia

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

“..there's a strange fillip of senior-action payoff in a Ukrainian hospital at the end, but by then you may be too worn out to harvest its moral significance - let alone admire the twist ending..”
by Ella Taylor [NPR]
“..the suspense builds nicely, the twists come as surprises and its key characters are vivid enough..”
by Kirk Honeycutt [Hollywood Reporter]
“..the remake ups the adrenaline factor, and features strong perfs across the board, yet feels bogged down by a weighty love triangle and a subject that merits more than the old-school good vs. evil approach..”
by Jordan Mintzer [Variety]
Review rate : B+

“..the movie demonstrates, compellingly, why the answer is no..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
4 of 5

“..set up at the beginning by an extraordinarily chilling scene that is replayed in Rashomon-like ways throughout the film but that never loses its withering power over Rachel, Stephan, David or, as importantly, us..”
by Betsy Sharkey [LA Times]
3.5 of 4

“..relentlessly paced and artfully lensed and constructed, it's a first-rate thriller that explores loyalty, duty to country and self, and the price of deception with skill and razor-sharp precision..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]
“..predictably, the holes in the narrative set us up for a twist or three, but, in balance, it's a pleasure to be back in the wet alleys and spy-patrolled streets of the GDR, however vague they seem without '60s black-and-white cinematography..”
by Michael Atkinson [Village Voice]
3 of 5

“..is nothing more than a gritty thriller with a highbrow pedigree..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
3 of 4

“..is definitely worth an audience's investment..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
3 of 4

“..a nerve-wracking and entertaining Hollywood remake..”
by Roger Moore [Orlando Sentinel]
“..a compact, reasonably clever and sometimes piquant entertainment, but they also make you aware that it could have been more..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Bill Gibron [Filmcritic.com]

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“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


“..the spirits may have been willing with Poltergeist but the movie is weak..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..more depravity, more terrible acting..”
by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


“..a black riff on a certain stripper movie smash..”
by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


“..the rest of it - the healer, the journalist, the falcons - is just a thick, tedious layer of frost on the window..”
by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


“..the camera prowls menacingly through the interiors, but the writers seem too content with their improbable conceit to bother with back story or character arcs..”
by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


“..there's plenty of entertainment value to found. Just don't expect to leave the film with a smile on your face and joy in your heart..”
by Blair Hoyle [Cinema Slasher]


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by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


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by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]