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Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 34
  2. Negative: 4 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 20, 2013
    83
    Snitch is grittily streetwise, and until its last 20 minutes fairly credible compared to other movies "inspired by" true stories.
  2. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Feb 26, 2013
    75
    Despite its apparent compromises to noble finger-wagging (initially) and requisite fist-pumping (eventually), Waugh has fashioned a sturdy character-first entertainment out of Snitch at a time of year when those are all too rare to behold.
  3. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Feb 21, 2013
    75
    Pleasant because, instead of the usual hero-and-mayhem jive, Snitch is an honest exercise in workmanlike craft. This is to film what ceramic is to floors or Billy is to bookcase or what a third-line centre is to a winning hockey team – hardly great but good and solid and functional.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 21, 2013
    75
    In its focus on an ordinary family facing a nightmarish scenario, Snitch is a terrifying but relatable story.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 21, 2013
    75
    It's an entertaining picture — pulp, coming from a place of righteous indignation.
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Feb 22, 2013
    70
    There’s a lot of cartoonish potential in Snitch, but director Ric Roman Waugh (who previously made the excellent prison drama "Felon," another exercise in somber desperation) seems intent on trying to sell the movie as a more serious enterprise. And amazingly, the gambit works.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Feb 19, 2013
    70
    Unusual for this sort of thing, Snitch is a film after which you remember the characters and actors more than the big action moments.
  8. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Feb 20, 2013
    67
    Snitch toys with moral ambiguity and fatalism before losing its nerve and delivering the action-movie goods in a climax that hews closer to fantasy than the keenly observed realism of the film’s solid center.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Feb 21, 2013
    63
    Snitch is protein-and-starch filmmaking at its utilitarian -- and belly-filling -- best. Johnson brings the steak; Bernthal the sizzle. The father-son drama is served up as sauce on the side. But as long as the beef isn’t too overcooked, who needs the A1?
  10. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Feb 21, 2013
    63
    Snitch gets a decent amount of drama (and action, of course) out of the argument that there’s paying for a crime, and then there’s overpaying.
  11. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Feb 21, 2013
    63
    Directed by veteran stuntman Ric Roman Waugh, Snitch is shot with a mix of nervous close-ups and weirdly vertiginous angles.
  12. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Feb 20, 2013
    63
    Who would have guessed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would deliver the best work of his career playing a guy who squares off against a pack of small-time street thugs.
  13. 63
    What gives it’s juice is the supporting cast. John Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) is credibly wary as the ex-con John begs to get him in the door of the drug world. And the terrific Michael Kenneth Williams is the first dealer he meets, a guy who pulls a gun on him just to test him.
  14. Reviewed by: James White
    Apr 1, 2013
    60
    While not the balls-out action movie the marketing suggests, this Rock-powered family drama is not with its moments.
  15. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 22, 2013
    60
    Snitch is a movie that cries out for the wiry B stars of yore: Robert Forster, a younger Tommy Lee Jones. And it would have occurred to a craftier screenwriter to make his hero’s walk on the criminal wild side a touch more tempting.
  16. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Feb 21, 2013
    60
    Although Johnson performs admirably in the drama-heavy role — far better than many of his action-hero colleagues would manage — John Matthews is a character as boring as his name.
  17. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Feb 19, 2013
    60
    It's nice to have actors of Sarandon and Pepper's caliber onboard for the office-bound wheeler-dealer scenes, but mostly, it's the prospect of witnessing Johnson at the helm of an 18-wheeler as he rams his way through machine-gun fire that excites.
  18. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 22, 2013
    55
    Whatever lizard-brain fun might have been had in watching Johnson do battle against a drug cartel is weakened by the occasional hard tug at the social conscience. The film winds up divided against itself.
  19. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 21, 2013
    50
    Not the usual action movie. It's too odd for that. Based on a true story, it has the weirdness of real life, which is good. But also like real life, it has that funny way of not making much sense or being all that enjoyable.
  20. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 21, 2013
    50
    A glorified TV movie.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Feb 21, 2013
    50
    For all its violence and road rage, Snitch doesn’t disintegrate into noisy popcorn nonsense.
  22. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Feb 21, 2013
    50
    Someone please get director Ric Roman Waugh a tripod! Snitch might be a passable action-thriller but it's hard to say because every time an action scene comes along, the image shakes so badly it's impossible to keep anything in view or focus.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 21, 2013
    50
    The verdict on Snitch is that Johnson has attempted a career detour on a street marked Do Not Enter.
  24. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Feb 20, 2013
    50
    Unfortunately, Snitch is torn between being an ideological drama and a more traditional action film – and Johnson’s presence only contributes to the confusion.
  25. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Feb 28, 2013
    42
    The film tries to paint in shades of gray with vague criticisms of the war on drugs, but the absurdity of its he-man Everyman plot ends up turning its moral palette a muddy brown.
  26. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jun 21, 2013
    40
    Neither clever nor stupid enough to work.
  27. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jun 21, 2013
    40
    Good intentions are all but submerged in nonsense.
  28. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 22, 2013
    40
    This is the sort of movie that Charles Bronson would have made back in the day, and indeed a shot of Johnson standing in a sporting goods store, contemplating a wall of shotguns as he gets ready to get busy, could have come from any "Death Wish."
  29. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 21, 2013
    40
    All the talking would be fine, but the dialogue is preachy, the drama too earnest and the action kind of sluggish, though it's hard not to get a jolt when Johnson jumps behind the wheel.
  30. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 21, 2013
    40
    Snitch is like watching an elephant on ice: inelegant, but you admire the effort.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 93 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. Mar 4, 2013
    7
    Snitch wasn't a bad movie. I just did not think it was as good as it wanted me to think it was. This is no "Faster" or "GI-Joe". Dwayne Johnson tries to play a simple man in over his head. Unfortunately his pecs the size of the Brooklyn Bridge make it a little less convincing. Like I said not bad, but compared to the abysmal spring 2013 movie season this thing is a masterpiece!!!! Full Review »
  2. Mar 4, 2013
    1
    Slow and tedious. Don't waste your money. 10 minutes of action at the end but before that it is a talking movie for almost the whole time. It feels like Dwayne Johnson fit this movie into his schedule. The script was hacked together by committee. Yes, I felt like I was ripped off. Don't pay good money, see it on TV if you are interested in a year. Full Review »
  3. Mar 2, 2013
    7
    This is a more genteel Dwayne Johnson than were used to and paired with the recent leap in his acting ability it's been good to see 'The Rock' alter ego finally (and successfully)go to the great Smackdown in the sky and the new and improved "Thespian" flourish. I've been enjoying (and occasionally cringing at) his action movies since he started acting. There has of course been other athletes who've tried and failed at the crossover but Dwayne Johnson has come up through the ranks and has made me take notice. Strangely, I just saw 'Faster (2010)' a few days ago for the first time, and was taken aback at his rock steady performance (no pun intended) doing an hard action movie with very little dialogue and saying more in those few words than all his other films put together. It was good and he's done it again. I remember thinking similar things about Mr Marky Mark and I think Mr Wahlberg is a tremendous actor now. I just remembered, Marky and Rock (Y?) were in 'The Other Guys' together, lol. It's been directed by former stuntman Ric Roman Waugh who gave us the reasonable prison flick 'Felon'. This is a more stylish movie than his others and he seems to be one of those people who has to work hard at his job. You know the way P T Anderson or Tarantino just seem to know where the camera should go? Well most need to start small and work up so were seeing Ric Roman Waugh about a third of the way up the directing ladder. He is purty promising though.

    The bottom line is, this has some good performances, it's got a good and interesting (Susan Sarandon) cast, the pacing is not as smooth as it could be, particularly in the slow middle but it's been done on a budget of $15 million which it's just pulled back in it's first week. I guess that says it all really. Highly Recommended Score: 7.2/10 N∆V navq@ymail.com
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