(I) (2010)

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83
The Debt is basically an entertaining riff on "Munich." It's about a (fictional) operation of top secret Israeli revenge, carried out by three highly trained agents whose plan goes off the rails in ways that are more fascinating than the mission itself.
75
With its blend of taut action and profound revelations, The Debt is definitely worth an audience's investment.
75
It is an exciting movie, full of crises and dramatic turns despite an aura of sadness that seems to pervade it.
75
What the three pairs of actors lack in semblance (or resemblance), they make up for to a great extent in their performances.
75
A more daring script might have found ways to tell the stories in parallel, doling out just enough information to keep viewers involved. But, as it is, The Debt grasps the viewer pretty firmly, delivering thrills without trivializing the moral quandaries that set it in motion.
63
Chastain (a nifty match-up with Mirren) is a live wire, and her scenes with Csokas and Worthington have a spark the later scenes lack. No matter. The Debt holds you in its grip.
61
The movie drowns the deeper questions it raises in a sadistic procedural, an endless circular motion of fight scenes whose only justification is themselves.
60
Despite some early whispers of awards potential, The Debt is nothing more than a gritty thriller with a highbrow pedigree.
60
As a thriller, The Debt performs many if not all the right moves. Where the John Madden-directed film gets into trouble is in wanting to deal with the Holocaust without being entirely a period film.
60
The Debt shortchanges itself severely with the weight it gives the portion of its story set further in the past.
50
Any self-respecting period piece, historical drama or even caper movie - and The Debt is all three - balances issues of global significance with interpersonal drama. The problem here is that the personal eclipses the global. The stakes are too low.

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