Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 24
  2. Negative: 11 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Wan wants to have something both ways, and in the end, he gets almost nothing. As Clint Eastwood said in yet another genre picture: A man’s gotta know his limitations.
  2. 33
    The movie has nothing to offer except titillation.
  3. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    The only things anyone’s likely to remember, besides Bacon’s crazy-eyes act, are John Goodman’s soon-to-be-legendary turn as a bilious bug-eyed gun dealer and a hellacious back-alley/parking-garage chase shot from a careening fender-level camera. Like much of the movie, it’s as hammily dynamic as it is impossible to swallow.
  4. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    This graphically violent film suffers from cursorily developed characters whose primary function is to advance the creaky plot.
  5. Bacon's performance in "Saw" creator James Wan's laughably extreme revenge thriller Death Sentence is six degrees of ham.
  6. 25
    A very belated and very silly follow-up to "Death Wish."
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Winn
    Almost everything about the movie lands with an emphatic, preordained thud.
  8. 25
    The film is preposterous on so many counts that it's hard to enumerate them.
  9. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This film is so superficial and shifts so jarringly in tone that nothing feels authentic -- not Bacon's hard-working husband and father, nor his maniacal vengeance seeker.
  10. The morality of revenge is barely at issue in a movie that pushes the plausibility of revenge right over a cliff.
  11. One well-staged sequence in a parking garage is the film's only memorable moment
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 8 out of 27
  1. Sep 25, 2011
    Kevin Bacon is just the best revenge dad I've seen to current date. His performance begs to differ in "Death Sentence". Unfortunately, the movie's lethargic script and uninspiring dialogue doesn't. Full Review »
  2. Mar 3, 2014
    I felt absolutely no emotion with any of these characters. In this sort of film, you need to have some sort of connection to really feel the pain and suffering caused and Bacon himself can't even save it. Yeah, the action is alright but if I didn't feel obliged to keep watching it to keep a friend happy, I would have turned it off long before it finished. Full Review »
  3. Mar 12, 2013
    I liked this movie,because that's what i would do if someone try to do something to my family. It's too emotional and sad but i still recommend it. My score 6/10 Full Review »