16 Blocks

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 226 Ratings

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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. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    80
    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: 32 out of 51
  2. Negative: 8 out of 51
  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. TarynM.
    Mar 3, 2006
    9
    Bruce Wilis & Mos Def have great chemistry; the action was edge of your seat entertaining; David Morse played a great heavy - such an Bruce Wilis & Mos Def have great chemistry; the action was edge of your seat entertaining; David Morse played a great heavy - such an underrated actor. Got teary-eyed at the end. All in all, a great ride! Expand
  3. ZiftK
    Jul 13, 2007
    8
    Very good movie. Bruce and def were great, and def's voice is so entertaining, lol. A lot of suspense and action, and the acting is Very good movie. Bruce and def were great, and def's voice is so entertaining, lol. A lot of suspense and action, and the acting is great. Any Bruce fan, or a fan of good movies will do good to try out 16 blocks 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. Feb 26, 2013
    7
    A surprisingly good take on the buddy-cop cliche. The storyline is pretty unbelievable but rolls along at a nice pace, with great actionA surprisingly good take on the buddy-cop cliche. The storyline is pretty unbelievable but rolls along at a nice pace, with great action sequences and frequent twists. Bruce Willis plays a typical "last assignment cop" character but is pretty charismatic. Thankfully Mos Def gives a decent performance and the dialogue between his character and Willis' is often quite funny. Not a hugely remarkable film, but certainly not a bad one. I've watched 16 Blocks several times now and it is still an entertaining movie. 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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