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.
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 23, 2018
Papi's protracted, chaotically paced setbacks begin to feel less like a test of his resilience than the viewer's.
December 21, 2018
The deadening narrative structure (escape, capture, escape, capture etc) eventually overwhelms everything else on screen.
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.
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.
September 14, 2018
There's a reason studios rarely attempt to remake a Steve McQueen movie.
September 7, 2018
By trying to remain indebted to a movie which already worked quite well on its own, and not trying to modernize or otherwise change the events therein, the film becomes overshadowed by its predecessor.
September 5, 2018
Malek makes a fine, low-key effort as the buddy who turns Papillon into a better man, but Hoffman is an impossible act to follow.
August 30, 2018
Unrelentingly grim throughout its 130-minute runtime, Papillon is an exhausting experience.
August 28, 2018
Papillon has the scale and most of the technical details to make for a compelling prestige drama, but it's ultimately sunk by the numerous holes it has in its structure.
August 27, 2018
Paraphrasing the great director John Huston, it is folly to remake great films; only good stories badly made should be tackled.
August 27, 2018
An inescapable aroma of redundancy limits this credible but exhausting edition.
August 25, 2018
Lacking charismatic leads, this tepid remake falls flat - for real drama, see the original.
August 25, 2018
Sadly, Noer's Papillon is a grittier but largely generic addition to the popular prison drama subgenre.
August 24, 2018
They plot, escape and are caught...over and over...to the point where you find yourself indifferent to whether or not these two make it or don't make off the island.
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