The Bone Collector


Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33

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Critic Reviews

  1. A tribute to old-fashioned craftsmanship and skill both on and off the screen, it's as crisp and efficient as its law enforcement protagonists, able to make the best of its traditional genre elements.
  2. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Matt Kelsey
    Both leads perform admirably.
  3. A skeleton-thin thriller wrapped in glamorous production values.
  4. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Gary Thompson
    Weaknesses are confirmed in the movie's laughable climax.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Washington and Jolie earn their stripes here, but more texture would have resulted, I think, in more terror.
  6. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Entertaining but terminally dopey.
  7. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Although the film disappoints in the final stretch (both the villain and his motive turn out to be very lame), it confidently thrills for most of its nearly two-hour length.
  8. 60
    May be formulaic...but many good recipes are.
  9. Quickly assumes the characteristics of a bad slasher movie.
  10. 50
    This mild thriller's consistently dark atmosphere makes the scene-of-the-crime tableaux...transcend exploitation and even suggest a kind of feminist odyssey.
  11. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    This is neither a psychological thriller nor an erotic one, so any interest in the story is purely the work of its stars.
  12. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    The ending stinks.
  13. A cinematic game that might be called Urban Creep Show, New York-style.
  14. 50
    There's only one good reason to see The Bone Collector, and her name is Angelina Jolie.
  15. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    It's kind of fun--if you have the stomach for its more grisly passages.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Sometimes star power alone can keep you from walking out of a movie, and this is one of those times.
  17. 50
    The quality of the acting is so much better than the material deserves.
  18. 50
    A middling urban thriller that's one part "Rear Window" and three parts "Seven."
  19. This variation on the "Rear Window" format works best when director Noyce gives free rein to Washington's thoughtful charm.
  20. Climaxes in an ending of such sleazy preposterousness that it's almost worth the price of admission alone.
  21. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Two gifted co-stars, Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie, and the highly imaginative thriller specialist Phillip Noyce lend some luster and credibility to another borderline-absurd scenario.
  22. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Entertaining but never fully engrossing.
  23. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Sara Wildberger
    The plot and characters are simultaneously far-fetched and cliched, the dialogue has that jocular, slightly slower than sitcom ring, and the ending is a righteously cheesy letdown.
  24. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Diana Abu-Jaber
    The movie's atmosphere is moody and intense, bubbling like a caldron. Unfortunately, the broth turns out to be stone soup.
  25. Rolling Stone
    Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Abandon all hope of logic, you who enter here.
  26. You may have as much fun tearing it apart in its aftermath as you do watching it, but the fun is still genuine.
  27. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    A piece of exploitive schlock.
  28. If you have a strong stomach, a weak sense of disbelief, an active interest in Denzel Washington or Angelina Jolie and a temporarily inactive brain, you may enjoy it awhile.
  29. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    One of our very few consummate movie star actors, Washington can't quite elevate this dismal material as he's been able to do in the past, but he retains his dignity.
  30. 30
    So formulaic and predictable that you're bored even when you're scared.
  31. 30
    By the last third, one is sick to death of seeing people tortured, no real catharsis is offered, and stupid is how one feels.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 63 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jan 25, 2013
    I love the actors/actress in this movie, especially Denzel Washington, but the movie itself, the story is terrible. I guess this is supposedI love the actors/actress in this movie, especially Denzel Washington, but the movie itself, the story is terrible. I guess this is supposed to be a thriller, but when I watched it, it felt more like comedy, so bad and so unrealistic that it's funny, there were times when I couldn't stop laughing, add some good acting and this movie is definitely watchable Full Review »
  2. Aug 27, 2014
    "Destiny is what we make it" - Lincoln Rhyme.

    I expect to be a great movie..but is disappointed.Great Actors...but a "meh" story and so
    "Destiny is what we make it" - Lincoln Rhyme.

    I expect to be a great movie..but is disappointed.Great Actors...but a "meh" story and so boring.

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