Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 8, 2013
    The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev.
  3. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 10, 2013
    Dead Man Down exerts an unconscionable level of effort for minimal reward: It aspires to exquisite world-weariness, but just ends up feeling exhausted by its frenzied yet fruitless exertions.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 7, 2013
    It's all so much turgid brooding, dialogue underlined with import, and leaden symbolism involving Rapace's white and red dresses, none of which is salvaged by a typically understated Farrell performance.
  5. Mar 7, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 3, 2013
    Director Niels Arden Orpev was in charge of the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," starring Rapace, but fails to create a revenge thriller with anything like the same focus.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Mar 7, 2013
    As Scandi directors go, Niels Arden Oplev couldn’t be hotter. After putting his stamp on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” the Dane has what appears to be his pick of projects. So why follow it up with such revenge-fantasy dreck as Dead Man Down, a derivative collection of brazen plot holes and latenight-cable cliches into which he drags “Dragon” star Noomi Rapace?
  8. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 7, 2013
    While a mob thriller can be as nasty as it likes, what it can’t be is silly.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Mar 8, 2013
    A strong character piece filled with developed and visually distinct characters in this police-less gangland. The romance is genuine and the acting is to a tea. Everyone succeeds in their prospective roles interestingly and with panache. Full Review »
  2. Mar 8, 2013
    Director Oplov has done it again! Dead Man Down is unusually brilliant. The paced movie packs up a lot in its 2 hours but it keeps you hanging till the end. Terence Howard is the actor that nailed it in the film. And when this movie ends you don't want it to. Full Review »
  3. Jun 30, 2013
    The plot is ok, Doesn't really keep your interest due to spoiling everything rather early on into the film so you know the lead's motives as to why he does what he does. That being said, The film is ruined by disappointing performances by the cast, Especially by the leads Farrell and Howard. What helped contribute to their poor performances is the poorly written and painfully straight forward dialogue. There is no mystery, no suspense with this film, It's actually quite boring at times. The action scenes are ok but over far too quickly and you can not really enjoy them or be entertained by them. Overall, Dead Man Down is just an average film that doesn't do a single thing in a good way. Full Review »