Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Mar 13, 2012
    75
    Seeking Justice is an intense thriller so full of shocks it keeps you wired from start to finish.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Mar 18, 2012
    67
    The movie is never dull, though, and Cage acts every moment as if he means it. As the cult's leader, Guy Pearce, looking deeply creepy with a shaved head, has a cruel playfulness.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 18, 2012
    60
    Good in spots, overall Cage is fine. Nothing more, nothing less. Kind of like Seeking Justice.
  4. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Mar 13, 2012
    60
    Seeking Justice is the kind of effective middle-range pulp thriller that has lately become an endangered species.
  5. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Mar 18, 2012
    50
    To be fair, when the story is moving, it's okay.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Mar 16, 2012
    50
    The busy star (Cage) acquits himself well enough in this otherwise rudimentary thriller from deliriously unsubtle director Roger Donaldson.
  7. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 15, 2012
    50
    Ultimately, as things develop, this becomes less about revenge than it does about escaping a set-up. A successful production of this sort needs to constantly elevate the stakes as it builds suspense. Seeking Justice fails and that failure makes it a dubious movie-going choice best suited to the low expectations of a video release.
  8. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Mar 14, 2012
    50
    Eventually, though, Seeking Justice devolves into the usual business of chases and elaborate double-crosses that leave behind all vestiges of realism for the sake of popcorn thrills.
  9. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Mar 15, 2012
    45
    Some of the film's limpness is due to the fact that Cage plays Will in a minor weird key as opposed to one of his major ones -- there are no fits of operatic oddness.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 16, 2012
    42
    The idiocy of the film's conceit is that Simon recruits innocents like Will to carry out these vigilante killings.
  11. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Mar 19, 2012
    40
    In the end, though, Seeking Justice evokes the post-Watergate paranoia of '70s thrillers like "The Parallax View" and "Three Days of the Condor" without having a worthy conspiracy at the bottom.
  12. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 16, 2012
    40
    Mr. Donaldson has proven deftness with panting plots and knife-edge tension, but this cobbled-together noir does him no justice at all.
  13. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 15, 2012
    40
    Cage and the always-intense Pearce keep this thing going, but even they seem to know the ultimate destination is a bargain bin.
  14. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Mar 13, 2012
    40
    Once upon a time, the star would have added both gravity and a manic edge to this wronged everyman. At this juncture, Cage is less believable as an average Joe than he is as, say, a cursed trick rider with a flaming skull for a head.
  15. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Mar 12, 2012
    40
    Neither the script's conspiracies nor Nicolas Cage's performance is weird enough to trump the film's generic feel.
  16. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Mar 12, 2012
    40
    An unsuspenseful thriller with shades of "Death Wish." Nicolas Cage's return to New Orleans doesn't even have a hallucinatory iguana to recommend it.
  17. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 14, 2012
    38
    Here is a story hammered together from discards at the Lunacy Factory. Attempting to find something to praise, I am reduced to this: Cage's performance is not boring.
  18. Reviewed by: Ben Sachs
    Mar 15, 2012
    30
    January Jones shoulders the thankless part of Cage's often imperiled wife.
  19. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 16, 2012
    25
    Completed four years ago, Seeking Justice is dutifully directed, with an absolute minimum of thrills, by Roger Donaldson, whose credits include the terrific "No Way Out" (1987)...That film's title is a pretty good description of where Cage's career seems to be headed.
  20. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 11, 2012
    25
    The film's tossed-off look and clunky editorial construction are still secondary to the sheer silliness of its story.
  21. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Mar 14, 2012
    16
    To paraphrase a famous Mae West wisecrack, when Cage is good, he's very good, and when he's bad, he's better. Here, however, he's just plain lousy, and like the film he so passively carries, that's no fun at all.
User Score
5.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Mar 17, 2012
    9
    This was a very well made, very entertaining movie. Both of us were extremely happy with it and went away feeling like we'd seen a high quality piece of filmmaking. The shots, locations, edits and casting were invigorating and yet realistic and lifelike. The dialogue was mainly restrained and nicely understated. The acting was good all around and Nic Cage was especially strong, playing a vulnerable "regular guy". Sure the plot is a little fantastical but within that sort of genre it was smart and well written and the plot was truly suspenseful and thrilling, consistently through. Despite the action/intrigue plot it had a low-key indie feel a lot of the time. Also, the New Orleans locales were excellent. Full Review »
  2. Mar 16, 2012
    3
    By all costs a Net-Flix, night-filler as opposed to a $10 theater let-down, "Seeking Justice," is not the worst played by Cage (sporting a fledgingly trim goatee) in recent films, though it is not far behind. Still packing unnecessary convolution and plot holes, ample action, and a low suspension of disbelief, this thriller is only saved from camp delight due to Pearce's sufficient-enough foil. Though, once the plot takes off, as with almost every Cage movie, mostly of late, things become familiarly complicated, nonsensical, and, oh yes, embarrassing and intermittently funny. Cage fans not to be disappointed; he may even exceed your expectations (not that the bar has been set very high). Full Review »
  3. Mar 1, 2014
    7
    Seeking Justice is truly one of Nicolas Cage's better films and maybe the best one in his last 15 or so. The plot hinges on a very interesting and creative concept of an underground vigilante operation that I haven't seen in any other movie. Some of the plot points that progress the story arc feel a bit weak but overall, I was pleasantly surprised but how entertaining and well written and acted the movie was. Full Review »