Rendition

Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
Watch On
  1. 100
    Rendition is valuable and rare. As I wrote from Toronto: "It is a movie about the theory and practice of two things: torture and personal responsibility. And it is wise about what is right, and what is wrong."
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    88
    Taut, powerfully acted political thriller.
  3. About two-thirds of the way through, Rendition takes a bad turn and sells out most of what made it worth watching in the first place. Witherspoon is given little to do except look weepy, Freeman's change of heart is Q.E.D., and the radical Islamist subplot overwhelms the action, which becomes so confusingly structured that I thought the projectionist had misplaced a reel.
  4. A rarity – a political film that delivers its timely message with a cinematic punch and no undue speechifying.
  5. There are some problems with the pacing, but this topical thriller about CIA-sanctioned torture is one of the most important "message" movies of the year.
  6. A maddening film, maddening in a good way, but maddening nonetheless.
  7. 70
    Occasionally a movie's subject outweighs any aesthetic flaws, as it does in this unsettling thriller about the extraordinary rendition of terror suspects.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    While the ingredients are there to make a tense and compelling post-9/11 thriller, Rendition falls flat.
  9. The movie Rendition asks, admittedly in a one-sided way, whether the ends justify these means.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 43
  2. Negative: 6 out of 43
  1. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    A powerful, political thriller made even more convincing with it's well-teamed cast. The subject matter is contemporary and interesting.A powerful, political thriller made even more convincing with it's well-teamed cast. The subject matter is contemporary and interesting. Rendition is above these mixed reviews. Full Review »
  2. Sep 20, 2013
    5
    It is a politically relevant movie that is all surface and no depth. Mildly entertaining. Weird casting choices and there was nothingIt is a politically relevant movie that is all surface and no depth. Mildly entertaining. Weird casting choices and there was nothing flattering about the directional decisions. Full Review »
  3. Feb 22, 2013
    7
    This is the story of the aftermath of a terrorist bombing. Rendition shows what happens behind the scenes of tragedy from six different sidesThis is the story of the aftermath of a terrorist bombing. Rendition shows what happens behind the scenes of tragedy from six different sides and it's a pretty compelling story. I love how unique and eye opening this film is, however they really dumb it down for you. This should be the kind of movie that makes you think, but instead they kind of explain everything in detail to you from beginning to end. The film was very realistic and clear, that is until the ending. They took this intense, believable, behind the scenes film, and gave it an impossible ending which honestly wound up ruining the whole thing for me. Full Review »