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  • Summary: A harrowing thriller about an IRA gunman who draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. (Sony Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Mr. Pitt moves through this unexpectedly solid thriller with dazzling confidence, showing off all the star power that he usually works overtime to hide.
  2. As a well-directed star vehicle with a couple of good action sequences, this is good, effective filmmaking, but I was periodically bored; when Ford and Pitt aren't lighting up the screen nothing much happens.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    The Devil's Own is neither the best nor the worst $90 million-$100 million-area budgeted picture ever made, but it must be the one in which the cost is least evident on the screen.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    60
    A topical thriller that manages to be watchable despite director Alan J. Pakula's best efforts to take all the fun out of it.
  5. The dramatic situations aren't intense or knotty enough to match the moral issues behind them, however.
  6. 50
    Hobbled by a schizoid desire to make a deep human drama on the one hand and a blistering IRA shoot-'em-up on the other, Alan Pakula's new movie is less a story than a plodding sequence of debates punctuated by gunfire.
  7. The Devil's Own, which stars Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, is so epically awful, it's practically homeric.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. AnthonyS.
    Aug 28, 2006
    10
    The acting, directing, and storyline were all superb. Five stars! This film shines brilliantly and goes far beyond what most of today's movies can muster. The storyline was original, gripping, and touching. Both Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford play their roles impeccably - Pitt acts the terrorist renegade, and Ford the cop that won't break the rules. In the very end of the film you really get to asking yourself how much our lives are influenced by our experiences. Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2014
    10
    Excellent acting by Pitt and Ford plus exciting action and thrills.
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