The Devil's Own

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  • Summary: A harrowing thriller about an IRA gunman who draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. (Sony Pictures)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    More important, we should take into account the fact that this is really quite a good movie--a character-driven (as opposed to whammy-driven) suspense drama--dark, fatalistic and, within its melodramatically stretched terms, emotionally plausible.
  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. 70
    What makes it worth the price of admission is the energetic performance Ford pulls off in the cookie-cutter role of big-city cop.
  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. 50
    Pitt and Ford try to dig deeper, but the script undercuts them with preachy dialogue that might as well read, "Insert stereotype here."
  6. With two of the world's biggest stars in tow, the creators of The Devil's Own can be forgiven for figuring that nothing else really mattered. If you've got Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, do you really need a coherent script? Unfortunately for everyone concerned, the answer is yes.
  7. The Devil's Own, which stars Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt, is so epically awful, it's practically homeric.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  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 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

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