(2013)

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83
Oplev composes shots with grace and an understanding of where everything is geographically and how scenes relate to each other in the multi-threaded plot. Like everything else in Dead Man Down, his direction is beautiful and brutal at the same time. Whoever thought that this movie would be as entertaining as it is existential is either lying or psychic.
60
Before it devolves into typical American-style action, there’s an intriguing, European-style complexity to Dead Man Down.
60
More of a character-etched mood piece than a tautly calibrated caper, Dead Man Down benefits from potent visuals and a compelling international cast that also includes lead Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard and Isabelle Huppert.
50
Before this urban revenge melodrama falls apart in a clatter of plot absurdities and pretensions, it has its loopy charms.
50
Dead Man Down, unfortunately, turns out to be too innocuous to qualify as either actually good or delectably bad.
50
As a gritty thriller, Dead Man Down doesn't stand out among its bullet-riddled brethren.
42
Dead Man Down is actually mildly entertaining, without being particularly fun.
30
Village Voice
It's all so much turgid brooding, dialogue underlined with import, and leaden symbolism involving Rapace's white and red dresses, none of which is salvaged by a typically understated Farrell performance.
25
Slant Magazine
The action merely meanders when it should be hurtling forward, running in circles when one expects it to head toward a conclusion or some sense of resolution.
20
As Scandi directors go, Niels Arden Oplev couldn’t be hotter. After putting his stamp on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” the Dane has what appears to be his pick of projects. So why follow it up with such revenge-fantasy dreck as Dead Man Down, a derivative collection of brazen plot holes and latenight-cable cliches into which he drags “Dragon” star Noomi Rapace?

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