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Law Abiding Citizen

HD   R Closed Captioning

F. Gary Gray

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About the Movie

A psychopathic mastermind (Gerard Butler of GAMER, 300), captured for the murder of his wife's killers, threatens to unleash a gruesome killing spree across the city of Philadelphia unless he is released. The prosecuting attorney (Jamie Foxx of THE SOLOIST, THE KINGDOM) is usually a deal maker but this time stands his ground and refuses. As if on cue, innocent people start dying in horrifying ways - just as the prisoner warned. The city falls into chaos, with everyone calling for the attorney's head. Desperate, he comes to the realization that his decisions might be what created this horrifying vigilante, and he is the only one that can stop him.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 156
  • Fresh: 39
  • Rotten: 117
  • Average Rating: 4.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: As a social statement, Law Abiding Citizen is a flawed attempt at holding the legal system accountable for its shortcomings. As a movie, it's a ridiculous execution of a misguided concept. – Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: One of the more repugnant examples of Hollywood's cheap-thrill approach to violence, its voyeuristic brutality is matched only by its innate stupidity. – Simon Foster,, Aug 9, 2010

Rotten: While Law Abiding Citizen is in no sense a successful work of art, a film that offers the illicit thrill of cheering on an all-American terrorist is at least pursuing something more complex than ''moral clarity''. – Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia), Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Bloodshed and torture abound in this sadistic thriller with pretensions. – Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Not A Bad Movie

Law Abiding Citizen was a good movie however, i did not like the ending to it. The story line was good until the end. i could relate to what Butler's character did, but i could not relate to what Fox's character did. Fox's character appeared to be the bad guy and as such he should have been the one to die/go to jail. had that happened i would have bought this movie. not worth purchasing due to the ending in my view.

So close, but so far.

It's like a brilliant, honest thinking man's cathartic fantasy about punishing the justice system for not punishing the criminals. F. Gary Gray was 10 minutes away from becoming my new Bob Zemeckis. This movie was ALMOST one of the bravest, most brilliant movies ever made - until the end. Somewhere in the last 15 minutes or so this brilliant piece of storytelling becomes painfully moronic and the movie becomes another paint-by-numbers Hollywood abortion. I feel bad for whoever wrote the first 3/4 of the script because that person got totally screwed by whatever talent-free producer crapped on his denouement. Turn it off after the graveyard scene and imagine your own ending - because no matter what you come up with it'll be better than what the intellectual infant that butchered the last act did.

I gave it one star for the level of absolute disappointment I felt when it was over.


Wow this movie will blow your mind! It's so well composed. It's just plain old awesome!

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