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Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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  1. Apr 7, 2013
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    Think about every cliché about prison movies and you get Lock up. We have evil prison wardens, a North American prison which is portrayed like a prison in Turkey during the 1950's. We have the "big bad" prisoner and a young naive prisoner, who befriends the protagonist just to be killed later. The girlfriend of the protagonist is harassed by the prison staff, like they would be some kindThink about every cliché about prison movies and you get Lock up. We have evil prison wardens, a North American prison which is portrayed like a prison in Turkey during the 1950's. We have the "big bad" prisoner and a young naive prisoner, who befriends the protagonist just to be killed later. The girlfriend of the protagonist is harassed by the prison staff, like they would be some kind of dystopian society with no regulation and people's rights. Unrealistic portrayal of prisons and prison life. The acting is average. Expand
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52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. For torture and violence freaks, every clank and thud is duly and hyperbolically registered.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Tunney
    60
    A hard-boiled version of Rocky, with enough anti-Balboa brutality to keep our interest.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    38
    With nothing in the way of performance to cling to, the audience is left to marvel at the mounting inanity of each scene.