Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21

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  1. This is not a fantastic movie. But there's more to it than just an MTV-slickified "Midnight Express" starring two young, photogenic stars.
  2. 50
    The penalties for drug trafficking in Thailand are very, very stiff. If there were any justice in the world, the penalties for saddling fine actors with terrible dialogue would be even stiffer.
  3. Its finest moments come in sequences such as Alice and Darlene's prison break and the girls' final wrenching plea for freedom.
  4. 50
    We're stuck with contrived plot contortions, dull interpersonal interaction, and unconvincing dialogue.
  5. The specifics of their predicament are well handled -- being thrown in a Third World prison may be every tourist's nightmare -- even if the movie eventually goes soft and squishy.
  6. This is the kind of picture that is faux subtle when it should be bold, and really ham-handed when it should be delicate.
  7. Overall it's a colorful, diverting cautionary tale.
  8. The movie, directed by veteran Jonathan Kaplan, has enough in common with such American-in-foreign-jail movies as "Midnight Express" and the recent "Return to Paradise" to make you wonder why it ever got made.
  9. Just another lurid, contrived, xenophobic tale about Americans trapped in hideous foreign prisons.
  10. Director Jonathan Kaplan clearly has a feel for the material, but he's at the mercy of a pedestrian script by David Arata and producer Adam Fields.

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