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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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  1. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    60
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric S. Arnold
    60
    May be formulaic...but many good recipes are.
  3. Quickly assumes the characteristics of a bad slasher movie.
  4. 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.
  5. This is neither a psychological thriller nor an erotic one, so any interest in the story is purely the work of its stars.
  6. 50
    The ending stinks.
  7. A cinematic game that might be called Urban Creep Show, New York-style.
  8. 50
    There's only one good reason to see The Bone Collector, and her name is Angelina Jolie.
  9. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    It's kind of fun--if you have the stomach for its more grisly passages.
  10. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    50
    Sometimes star power alone can keep you from walking out of a movie, and this is one of those times.
  11. 50
    The quality of the acting is so much better than the material deserves.
  12. 50
    A middling urban thriller that's one part "Rear Window" and three parts "Seven."
  13. Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    50
    Often falls flat.
  14. This variation on the "Rear Window" format works best when director Noyce gives free rein to Washington's thoughtful charm.
  15. 50
    Climaxes in an ending of such sleazy preposterousness that it's almost worth the price of admission alone.
  16. 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Entertaining but never fully engrossing.
  18. 50
    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.
  19. The movie's atmosphere is moody and intense, bubbling like a caldron. Unfortunately, the broth turns out to be stone soup.
  20. 40
    Abandon all hope of logic, you who enter here.
  21. You may have as much fun tearing it apart in its aftermath as you do watching it, but the fun is still genuine.
  22. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    A piece of exploitive schlock.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Jan 25, 2013
    6
    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
    7
    "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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