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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)
    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
    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. CRL
    Aug 5, 2011
    Se7en starts out by painting the world of this nameless city in perfect relief, gathering details and herding them into your senses until they reach overload. Once this atmospheric phase ends, the plot begins to take shape methodically and carefully, giving time to every faint thread in its massive and twisted web. The characters become more than just people on a screen; they become so real that you need to remind yourself that characters are all they are. Finally, as it nears its conclusion, Se7en pulls you into an emotional roller-coaster until its dark, macabre, and heart-wrenching ending. Expand
  2. Aug 17, 2013
    This movie had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The background music created a great atmosphere of suspense and dread. The acting was top notch, the story was creepy but incredibly interesting. I seriously have no complaints. Expand
  3. PatrickS
    Jul 22, 2009
    The word "classic" is overused, but if the gumshoe fits... Not for the faint-hearted, but if you can handle the graphic material, you will be rewarded. Fincher, Freeman, and Pitt at the top of their game, and my favorite third-act of any film. Inventive, disturbing, brilliant. Expand
  4. Nov 7, 2012
    The movie remains just an excellent crime-thriller until the very end, when the villain is revealed along with the final act of his master plan. That is when it becomes great. Expand
  5. Jun 7, 2013
    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
  6. JohnB.
    Aug 31, 2005
    I thought the movie was very well down. Fincher did an excellent job making this movie and i think the performance by Morgan Freeman was once again top notch. I was disappointed with the ending however. It just kind of fell. Instead of any real closure or resolution following the ending it just kind of, well, ended. Other than that a fabulous movie that is well worth the watch. Expand
  7. CharlieS.
    Jan 30, 2008
    Lousy and vile.

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