Metascore
39

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 8 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 3, 2013
    20
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 10, 2013
    33
    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 8, 2013
    38
    The film has been directed in a murky, rhythmless fashion by Niels Arden Oplev.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Mar 7, 2013
    12
    While a mob thriller can be as nasty as it likes, what it can’t be is silly.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Mar 7, 2013
    20
    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?
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 7, 2013
    30
    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.
  8. Mar 7, 2013
    25
    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.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Mar 8, 2013
    10
    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
    10
    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 24, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. This movie was done an injustice by critics, I found the movie highly emotional, dynamic and intelligent. I felt the scars on my face when Beatrice looked at them in the mirror and when she ran her fingers down her reconstructed face, I felt victor's pain when he mailed the picture squares and watched the home videos. The movie had a lot of plot twist and dramatic moments that were not predictable in the slightest. Great movie, would have gotten a 10 if not for the a few minor things. Full Review »