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  • Summary: Ex-NYPD cop Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this isEx-NYPD cop Matt Scudder (Liam Neeson) now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime…nor will it be the last. Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Sep 19, 2014
    88
    A dynamite thriller.
  2. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Sep 18, 2014
    75
    For a good, straight-ahead noirish crime thriller, you could do a lot worse than A Walk Among the Tombstones.
  3. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Sep 20, 2014
    75
    The white hats are stained dark gray as if by ashes and soot. The villains are twisted, cruel, and vile. The heroes aren't much better.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Sep 15, 2014
    60
    Exciting, in places, though a stranger to subtlety, it ticks all the genre boxes, but there’s something about its knowing noirisms that feels superficial rather than soaked-in.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 18, 2014
    60
    With the combo of Neeson’s natural solemnity and his action chops, “Tombstones” treads compellingly amongst lesser thrillers.
  6. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Sep 18, 2014
    50
    The look, style and smarts of A Walk Among the Tombstones seem like such a refreshingly toned-down departure from the outlandishness of Neeson’s “Taken” franchise that it’s all the more dismaying when the film shifts radically into a sadistic tableau of blood and gore.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 16, 2014
    38
    All of Scott Frank's thematic concerns are little more than window dressing for a run-of-the-mill detective story in line with '90s thrillers like The Bone Collector.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Sep 21, 2014
    10
    A Walk Among The Tombstones is a taut, gritty and overall stylish thriller, that is a rare brilliance in book to film adaptations. Liam NeesonA Walk Among The Tombstones is a taut, gritty and overall stylish thriller, that is a rare brilliance in book to film adaptations. Liam Neeson plays a detective who gets a case to find out the killers of the client's wife, but slowly gets tangled with much more than he expected. The film is very well directed and written, Director Scott Frank did an awesome job with this feature and I want to see it 20 times more. AWATT is a gritty, awesome and excellent thriller that deserves a watch, even if it's for Liam Neeson. Expand
  2. Sep 21, 2014
    8
    I enjoyed this very well-made thriller, thanks to Liam Neeson, an excellent supporting cast, a very good, complex script (a real mystery), andI enjoyed this very well-made thriller, thanks to Liam Neeson, an excellent supporting cast, a very good, complex script (a real mystery), and also very good, clear direction. Complex and convincing, the film moved along without being overly brutal and sadistic. There was just enough of the murders in close-up and mainly shown not in body parts but through frightened eyes that made this film work and raised it a cut (no pun intended) above the others in this genre. This is a thriller that gives a real feeling of horror, without being too graphic, along with a genuine feeling of sadness and sympathy for Scudder, the main character, but also for the victims.. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2014
    7
    A walk amoung the tombstones is a satisfying crime drama. Liam Neeson actually moves away from his usual taken character to given a moreA walk amoung the tombstones is a satisfying crime drama. Liam Neeson actually moves away from his usual taken character to given a more human performance while also no losing that badass side of him. As for the rest of the film its about average. Some characters like the kid and one of the murderers give convincing performances while others just feel thrown in. My biggest issue that makes me like other crime dramas like prisioners more than this is there really isn't any big villain reveal. It might seem like it when their identities are hidden in scenes but half way in they just are like screw it show who they are, killing the suspense and mystery. The movie is brutal so at times I was on the edge of my seat. Though its not the next prisoners or silence in the lamb, its still an average fun movie that might convince you Liam Neeson can do more than just play a taken like character. Expand
  4. Sep 24, 2014
    6
    If you are a Liam Neeson fan: "Then you will enjoy this movie". The movie moves very slow. I kept waiting for the punch "It neverIf you are a Liam Neeson fan: "Then you will enjoy this movie". The movie moves very slow. I kept waiting for the punch "It never happened". However, I am a Liam Neeson fan and it worked great for me. The movie is cast very well, but if you are looking for non-stop action, go rent "Taken" or "Non-Stop". Expand
  5. Sep 20, 2014
    5
    From the advertising on this movie this looked to be a very intense thriller similar to last years brilliant Prisoners, much different to LiamFrom the advertising on this movie this looked to be a very intense thriller similar to last years brilliant Prisoners, much different to Liam Neesons recent action filled shootout action movies. This movie started off strong with a good premise with a lot of potential to be a tense mystery movie, which slowly went nowhere with bland dialogue and poor pacing with some dull acting all around. The film had some good scenes which broke up the boredom throughout but overall left me wanting more, one of the flaws being that they reveal who is behind the murders around half way through, so it loses all appeal to those wanting a murder mystery movie such as myself. Overall i would say that this movie is okay if you want to watch something to switch off and watch as a straight drama with not much new to offer. Expand
  6. Sep 23, 2014
    4
    Think of trite character traits for a movie cop: former NYC beat, retired working as a private detective, haunted by a past act, alcoholic,Think of trite character traits for a movie cop: former NYC beat, retired working as a private detective, haunted by a past act, alcoholic, befriends an innocent who helps his pursuit and touches his heart. Now, drop Liam Neeson into the role and you've got this slowly-paced, well-worn story. He's searching for a duo of sadistic kidnappers, but nothing happens, except on the most hackneyed level. The title appropriately describes this somber stroll. Expand
  7. Sep 19, 2014
    1
    I don't know where to begin in describing just what a bore and snooze fest is the film called A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. This is one ofI don't know where to begin in describing just what a bore and snooze fest is the film called A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES. This is one of those rare Hollywood films that feels utterly amateurish and inert. The performances are all dreadful with no insight or depth. The story incomprehensible and quite simply dumb. And then there is hulking Liam Neeson slogging through it all. Stay away. Be warned. Unless a really good long nap. Expand

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