Papillon Reviews

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August 16, 2019
Not sure why it was necessary to remake this film. It's a fascinating story of survival, but you may be glad when it's over, rather than happy that you've seen it.
July 25, 2019
Although Papillon drags in places, the intense action and gruesome violence provide enough oomph to jolt you back into the moment.
June 19, 2019
straightforward, sturdy and handsomely designed
April 23, 2019
The focus is always on the heroic Hunnam character, reducing some scenes from dramatic to a shallow high school confrontation.
February 21, 2019
A lazy and remarkably unremarkable cover version.
December 28, 2018
If you're a free citizen, though, you have plenty of better films to choose from.
December 28, 2018
[Papillon] really isn't bad, helped by a convincing sense of place, decent production values and a terrific supporting performance from Rami Malek.
December 23, 2018
Papi's protracted, chaotically paced setbacks begin to feel less like a test of his resilience than the viewer's.
December 22, 2018
Arguably an unnecessary remake of the 1973 film, but with a gritty, violent streak.
December 21, 2018
But whether taken as a study in human resilience, as an oblique love story, or as an indictment of the French penal system, this drama is claustrophobic and oppressive.
December 21, 2018
The deadening narrative structure (escape, capture, escape, capture etc) eventually overwhelms everything else on screen.
December 21, 2018
Even without a visceral punch of present-day resonance, this is still a skilful depiction of a staggeringly cruel system.
December 20, 2018
Both actors rise intelligently to the occasion.
December 20, 2018
Hunnam and Malek don't quite match the sentimental odd-couple connection between their predecessors.
December 20, 2018
Fails to do anything the original version didn't.
December 20, 2018
There is no discernible benefit or loss at the end of this long drama.
December 19, 2018
Both men put in good work but their bromance never convincingly ignites in this solid but anonymous effort by Danish director Michael Noer.
December 18, 2018
Whilst Papillon hardly revolutionises cinema, it's still grand old-fashioned entertainment
December 10, 2018
Thanks to Malek's work, we are convinced of the value of [their] friendship, even in the most inhuman conditions. [Full review in Spanish]
November 14, 2018
[Hunnam and Malek] aren't bad -- they turn in human-scaled, naturalistic performances, which would be fine in another kind of movie. But it's not enough to carry a movie for two hours and thirteen minutes or to engage us for that long.
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