Felon Reviews

November 7, 2019
An emotionally intense and powerfully strong film that assails one's sensibilities and mores, ... FELON touches our hearts and our minds, humanizing what and who many perceive as inhuman.
May 5, 2019
Explores how violence is endemic in the prisoner, no matter their background, almost as soon as their sentencing is handed down.
November 17, 2011
November 14, 2008
The plot expands and gets more complex as the story progresses, and the dramatic tension ratchets up
October 18, 2008
It's still white-knuckle tense, and held together by dozens of small, well-observed moments.
October 3, 2008
...establishes itself as a gritty, thoroughly compelling prison drama that rarely relies on the various tropes of the genre.
August 1, 2008
Dorff, who was last spotted as a scary sexual sadist in Shadowboxer, gives a mesmerizing performance evolving from stunned civilian to brutalized inmate and dangerous prison thug, then transforming into a tested man who rediscovers his own humanity.
July 26, 2008
This tough, uncompromising, cautionary thriller should be a wake-up call about America's outrageously archaic laws insofar as defending the sanctity of home and family.
July 21, 2008
Stephen Dorff's powerhouse perf as an ordinary Joe trapped behind bars with warring ethnic psychopaths propels "Felon" well ahead of its expose/exploitation brethren while still avoiding the pious learning curves of Frank Darabont's prestige prison dramas
July 18, 2008
Kilmer and Dorff, who was also an executive producer, immerse themselves in difficult roles and the film's overall air of social commitment will surprise viewers drawn in by its exploitation-movie promotion.
July 18, 2008
Tough, brutish prison drama with an easy windup, but good acting and an uncompromising take on the prison system.
July 17, 2008
Directed with pounding energy by Ric Roman Waugh and acted to the hilt by a cast comprising several of yesterday's stars proving their mettle, the movie delivers the thrills and emotion that prison movies require.
Top Critic
July 16, 2008
The stuff that happens in a tense, taut new movie called Felon is nothing less than electrifying.
July 16, 2008
Felon gives everyone their tidy and expected due but outlines a realistic enough cycle of how a man's life can easily spiral out of his control.
July 15, 2008
Former stuntman Rick Waugh turns writer/director to make a compelling and gritty drama that is as much a commentary on America's failed justice/prison system as it is about the devastation suffered by an honest family man imprisoned for killing a burglar