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Snitch Reviews



Genre :

Action, Thriller

Release Date :

February 22, 2013

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Ric Roman Waugh

Starring :

The Rock, Barry Pepper, Jon Bernthal, Michael Kenneth Williams, Susan Sarandon, Harold Perrineau, Melina Kanakaredes, Rafi Gavron, Nadine Velazquez, Benjamin Bratt, Kym Jackson

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

2 of 4

“..unfortunately for the audience, this involves a lot of stunt driving and weapons fire - which would be OK, except that like all the violence in this PG-13 movie, the results are sanitized and bloodless..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]
2.5 of 4

“..the storytelling is slick - we sort of need DEA agent Barry Pepper's random, mangy biker beard to offset all the upscale gloss - but as thrillers go, this one is pretty lean..”
by Tom Russo [Boston Globe]
Review rate : B

“..surprises with how effective this mixture is..”
by Emanuel Levy [EmanuelLevy.Com]
“..Snitch wants to shine a light on heavy-handed sentencing laws and the absurd lengths necessary to reduce time, but it's too big a movie for that story..”
by Scott Tobias [NPR]
Review rate : B-

“..Johnson is a consummate entertainer, and he's adept at giving audiences what they want, even if it's ultimately to his film's detriment..”
by Nathan Rabin [A.V. Club]
2 of 4

“..it's nice to acknowledge that The Rock can act - he's got some thespian talent to go along with the brawn and one-liners. The problem is, Snitch isn't the best option to showcase what he can do with more serious, less cartoonish material..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
2.5 of 4

“..isn't a great film. But after the run of brawling, over-the-top shoot-em-ups/drive-em-ups that have cluttered Johnson's resume it's good to see him try his hand at acting, even if he is just as over-matched as the fellow he's playing..”
by Roger Moore [Movie Nation]
3 of 4

“..in its focus on an ordinary family facing a nightmarish scenario, Snitch is a terrifying but relatable story..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..for all its violence and road rage, "Snitch" doesn't disintegrate into noisy popcorn nonsense. It keeps a shaky finger on the domestic turmoil caused by the decisions of John and Daniel..”
by Stephen Holden [New York Times]
“..designed to make empathetic citizens question the system, this strangely compelling issue pic plays less to auds' hearts than to their craving for testosterone..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
“..a serious-minded, well-made yarn of a father's risky descent into the drug underworld to save his son..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
Reviewed by Melissa Anderson [Village Voice]

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