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: Drew Taylor
    Mar 7, 2013
    Oplev composes shots with grace and an understanding of where everything is geographically and how scenes relate to each other in the multi-threaded plot. Like everything else in Dead Man Down, his direction is beautiful and brutal at the same time. Whoever thought that this movie would be as entertaining as it is existential is either lying or psychic.
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 »