(2010)

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100
A true-life adventure that turns into a one-man disaster movie - and the darker it gets, the more enthralling it becomes.
100
Only a truly visionary filmmaker could take a story largely set in a cramped canyon and give it a sense of openness and hope.
100
Is the film watchable? Yes, compulsively.
90
In the end, 127 Hours is one man's incredible, unforgettable journey; it took the extraordinary alchemy of Boyle and Franco to also make it ours.
90
It's exciting, stirring, often funny, sometimes lyrical and unusually thoughtful. And, with that one egregious exception, genuinely pleasurable.
90
All of the key creative personnel contribute to the movie's nail-biting tension and unexpectedly moving finale. Jon Harris's editing is matchless, and Rahman's score effectively heightens the emotion. Ultimately, however, it is the talents of Boyle and Franco that sock this movie home.
88
Like the A.R. Rahman score that drives the movie, the triumphant 127 Hours pays fitting tribute to Aron by being thrillingly alive.
88
It's a coming-of-age story - blunt, mythic, gut-wrenching.
80
But damned if Boyle, with the help of his star, doesn't make the experience almost... cheerful.
70
Once Franco's on his own, everything is played across this terrific actor's deceptively goofy face.
70
Even by my super-wimp standards, Aron's exit is surprisingly coy, coming from a filmmaker who gets his kicks from goosing the hell out of his audiences.
50
127 Hours, about an unimaginably unbearable experience, is pretty much an unbearable experience of its own. And yet, it must be said, it's exceptionally well made.

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