Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 33
  2. Negative: 4 out of 33
  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. Reviewed by: Matt Kelsey
    70
    Both leads perform admirably.
  3. A skeleton-thin thriller wrapped in glamorous production values.
  4. 63
    Entertaining but terminally dopey.
  5. Reviewed by: Gary Thompson
    63
    Weaknesses are confirmed in the movie's laughable climax.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Washington and Jolie earn their stripes here, but more texture would have resulted, I think, in more terror.
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Eric S. Arnold
    60
    May be formulaic...but many good recipes are.
  9. Quickly assumes the characteristics of a bad slasher movie.
  10. 50
    The quality of the acting is so much better than the material deserves.
  11. 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.
  12. This variation on the "Rear Window" format works best when director Noyce gives free rein to Washington's thoughtful charm.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Ruthe Stein
    50
    Often falls flat.
  15. This is neither a psychological thriller nor an erotic one, so any interest in the story is purely the work of its stars.
  16. 50
    The ending stinks.
  17. 50
    Climaxes in an ending of such sleazy preposterousness that it's almost worth the price of admission alone.
  18. 50
    A middling urban thriller that's one part "Rear Window" and three parts "Seven."
  19. The movie's atmosphere is moody and intense, bubbling like a caldron. Unfortunately, the broth turns out to be stone soup.
  20. 50
    There's only one good reason to see The Bone Collector, and her name is Angelina Jolie.
  21. 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.
  22. A cinematic game that might be called Urban Creep Show, New York-style.
  23. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    50
    It's kind of fun--if you have the stomach for its more grisly passages.
  24. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Entertaining but never fully engrossing.
  25. 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.
  26. 40
    Abandon all hope of logic, you who enter here.
  27. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    40
    A piece of exploitive schlock.
  28. You may have as much fun tearing it apart in its aftermath as you do watching it, but the fun is still genuine.
  29. 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.
  30. 31
    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.
  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.
  32. 30
    So formulaic and predictable that you're bored even when you're scared.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  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 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 »