(2013)

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75
Lumpy title, lively movie. Dead Man Down proves to be a frisky gangster flick cum elaborate thriller cum off-beat romance. Yep, there's a whole lot going on here, but this is one of those plot-heavy scripts that carries its weight with confidence - the intricate twists don't cheat.
63
The tone and pacing of Dead Man Down have a distinctly European flavor, which may explain why American viewers, used to having background and exposition pared down and cleanly delivered, may feel adrift at the outset.
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.
60
Before it devolves into typical American-style action, there's an intriguing, European-style complexity to Dead Man Down.
55
J.H. Wyman's script is grim and fairly audacious, without anything so goofy as the silliest stuff in "Dragon Tattoo." The story involves some Grand Guignol violence, but its wildest notion is that a suicide-mission plot might somehow yield a happy ending.
50
As a gritty thriller, Dead Man Down doesn't stand out among its bullet-riddled brethren.
50
Before this urban revenge melodrama falls apart in a clatter of plot absurdities and pretensions, it has its loopy charms.
38
The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev.
38
Rapace is all over the place with her performance - needy, then self-assured, enraged, then in love. The always feral Farrell seems as dismayed by her as the rest of us.
25
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.

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