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  • Summary: The story of how two men change -- and change each other -- during a tense 16 block struggle between life and death. (Warner Bros.)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. A helluva lot happens in 16 Blocks - an outrageous amount, really, along with a coda that deposits the audience squarely at a movieland finale. Who knew that looking both ways before crossing is where the real action is?
  2. A mismatched-buddy movie that's endearing, funny and affecting in equal measure.
  3. 75
    The bedrock of the plot is the dogged determination of the Bruce Willis character. Jack may be middle-aged, he may be tired, he may be balding, he may be a drunk, but if he's played by Bruce Willis you don't want to bet against him.
  4. 70
    Thanks to a compact story and some economical direction, it actually ends up better than it has any right to be.
  5. The action sequences that follow are routine to the point of monotony, involving chases through crowded streets and store fronts, a commandeered bus, a woman in peril, and so on. But Donner wisely devotes long spells in between to the evolving relationship between Jack and Eddie.
  6. 50
    It's a cobbled together mess of clich├ęs that fails to surprise at any of its turns.
  7. 25
    This noisy, formulaic film turns out to be immediately forgettable, except for the parts that are so ridiculous they leave you shaking your head in wonder hours later.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 47
  2. Negative: 8 out of 47
  1. MarcusL.
    Apr 3, 2009
    10
    I don't get how you people give this great movie a score below a 7. I think it was very good and Mos Def and Bruce Willis did a very I don't get how you people give this great movie a score below a 7. I think it was very good and Mos Def and Bruce Willis did a very good job acting in it. Expand
  2. BillM.
    Mar 3, 2006
    9
    Remember The Gauntlet? This is a good spinoff with great twists. Mos Def is a bit tiresome since he never shuts up. That's his role...
  3. May 6, 2011
    8
    This is a good throwback action movie with an old school feel that I found very appealing. The pacing is good, the acting is good, and theThis is a good throwback action movie with an old school feel that I found very appealing. The pacing is good, the acting is good, and the plot quickly pulls you in. Definitely under-rated. If you like 80s-style action movies, check it out. Expand
  4. EdJ.
    Mar 4, 2006
    7
    We never did learn what it was the bad cops did - only (if you interpret through MosDef's nasal whine) that it was wrong. The action We never did learn what it was the bad cops did - only (if you interpret through MosDef's nasal whine) that it was wrong. The action scenes were well choreagraphed and exciting. Expand
  5. JM
    Apr 22, 2006
    7
    This is a solid, unassuming action flick that borrows heavily from '70s bad-cop paranoia thrillers, notably Eastwood's "The This is a solid, unassuming action flick that borrows heavily from '70s bad-cop paranoia thrillers, notably Eastwood's "The Gauntlet". Willis, Mos Def, and David Morse are all excellent, with only the generic heavies dragging down the acting ship. Not exactly realistic but refreshingly gritty, with no over-the-top stunts or computer-graphics nonsense in sight. Expand
  6. Apr 24, 2012
    5
    16 Blocks is a fairly descent suspense flick but not much beyond that. The performances are solid, as is the script. The action scenes are a16 Blocks is a fairly descent suspense flick but not much beyond that. The performances are solid, as is the script. The action scenes are a bit run-of-the-mill but fit in well with the overall tone of the movie. 16 Blocks is not a classic by any stretch of the imagination but it will hold your attention for it's run time. Expand
  7. JJu
    Jul 27, 2006
    0
    can't stand mos defs voice for more then a minute.

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