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  • Summary: Two New York City detectives (Pitt, Freeman) find themselves on the trail of a vicious serial killer that chooses his victims according to the seven deadly sins. (New Line Cinema)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    90
    This weirdly off-kilter suspenser goes well beyond the usual police procedural or killer-on-a-rampage yarn due to a fine script, striking craftsmanship and a masterful performance by Morgan Freeman.
  2. It's intriguing, appalling, savvy, nasty, grossly unsettling -- you may not like what you see, but you'll definitely be affected by the sight.
  3. One can already tell that this film is on to something special during the opening credits.
  4. 70
    A decidedly medieval enterprise, darker in text and tone than a Gothic cathedral by the light of the moon.
  5. Noticeable skill has gone into the making of Seven, but it's hard to take much pleasure in that.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Director David Fincher shovels on more gloom than even the serial killer genre can sustain in the murkily moody, but self-defeating, Seven.
  7. Not even bags of body parts, a bitten-off tongue or a man forced to cut off a pound of his own flesh keep it from being dull. [22 September 1995, p. C18]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 64
  2. Negative: 6 out of 64
  1. Dec 30, 2013
    10
    If Fincher didn’t invent the convention of the brilliant serial killer always being just one step ahead of the police, he unquestionably perfected it here. This is the twisted psychopath unleashing his vengeance upon the deserving, avaricious world at its absolute best. And this remains Fincher’s best film.

    Two cops in New York are hunting a serial killer. The presence of the killer is momentous even before the detectives track him down, once caught, the killer is channeled through Kevin Spacey with a disturbingly authentic evil calm.

    Written by Andrew Kevin Walker, this amazing original script that was almost never made. Walker wrote it as an original screenplay around 1991. Apparently he was quite depressed at the time. New Line Cinema bought it, but it took years before it went into production Walker went to work on other projects thinking the script would never be made, but it was. It was released Sept 22, 1995.
    By using the seven deadly sins as the basis for justifying the killer’s prerogative, the film’s plot is definitely one of the best around, added to this amped up, excellent performances by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, the production comes off flawlessly, but Seven is so haunting and goes down as one of the best Thrillers of all time because of Fincher’s vision of a hellish New York. This world is poison and Fincher makes it seep.

    The grit and grime of the crimes scenes combined with filth of the city streets, alleyways, rooftops, constantly being pounded with rain, darkness engulf even the few happy moments of the film. So much of this film’s beauty is in the compilation. The sets and lighting are so complex that making Seven must have been the result of a finely tuned crew, each member bulked up on their own creative genius. It is how everything, every element aligns perfectly that makes Se7en such a phenomenal filmmaking achievement.
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  2. Feb 22, 2013
    10
    David Fincher is one of Hollywood's most popular directors, but it's the film Seven that got him his start. This is one of my all-time favorite movie, because it features one of the best casts ever put together, and one of the best endings you will ever see. This dark and gritty crime thriller follows the investigation into a serial killer, who kills his victims based on the seven deadly sins. It is the type of movie that can never be remade or out done, a once in a lifetime film that will shock and thrill audience for decades to come. It's on many top ten lists, including mine, and you will be hard pressed to find a better film. From beginning to end this film is a winner and it is definitely one that should be in your queue. Expand
  3. Sep 19, 2013
    10
    So, what is in the box? We will never know, and that's what makes Se7en so mystical and intriguing. Technically I can't spoil the ending, because we all have our own interpretation of it ourselves. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman blow us away with a smart script that knows exactly what's going on in the movie, and the grisly crime scenes make us nauseous just to look at, but they are pure genius, especially when you know they were executed by the oddly satisfying Kevin Spacey as John Doe. Nary has a crime thriller akin to this one come along that has topped this movie. Expand
  4. Jul 30, 2011
    9
    Based on the Seven Deadly Sins, this movie is sinfully entertaining, holding your attention til the end. Dark at times, "Se7en" keeps you interested from frame one. The movie is honest in its portrayal of each crime, delivering visual evidence of each sin...one by one. The criminal's maniacle plan lays out with one unfold after another. Cleverly wrapping the audience in a shroud of character comfort, this movie takes you where you never thought you would go. Expand
  5. Mar 22, 2014
    9
    Esta pelicula me gusto mucho, tuvo suspenso."Se7en" es una pelicula que tiene un buen argumento y un buen guion, ademas de buenas actuaciones, como las de Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt y Kevin Spacey. Expand
  6. Jun 7, 2013
    8
    Really cool movie. If you can get past the blunt force trauma that is Brat Pitt's (purposefully) annoying character then it's a good watch. Some of the sets in the film are fantastic and right on point. I hope the set designers got more than just a nod for this one. It's a cynical film, but one that, despite it's horror, is still somehow rooted in reality, and that's the most disturbing part. Expand
  7. Feb 1, 2011
    0
    One of the best films of the 90s.Thrilling,outstanding with beautiful perfomances by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.It's really disgusting,blood packed but it doesn't fail to impress with its well crafted and clever plot.A real classic! Expand

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