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Based on 32 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
New York Post
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.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
It could have been more, could have been a triumph and a classic, instead of simply an effective entertainment.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
75
Boston Globe
The kind of movie you can enjoy easily enough, as long as you don't think about it much.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
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."
63
Chicago Tribune
An outrageously unlikely prison action movie made with lots of eye-catching pizzazz and undeserved expertise.
58
Entertainment Weekly
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.
50
They may call it The Last Castle, but moviegoers will ultimately feel rooked.
50
Miami Herald
Often feels choppy, as if chunks of connecting narrative had been lopped off in the editing room.
40
Wall Street Journal
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.
38
New York Daily News
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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