Papillon Reviews

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December 21, 2018
The deadening narrative structure (escape, capture, escape, capture etc) eventually overwhelms everything else on screen.
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.
August 24, 2018
I could never quite figure out why this story was being told again, and I drifted away from its action way too often.
August 24, 2018
As director Michael Noer struggles to tease a theme out of a string of exploits, Papillon remains as entertaining as ever.
August 23, 2018
The end result feels routinely anonymous.
August 23, 2018
It is an impressively staged and appropriately rain-soaked, mud-splattered, bone-crunching tale, more violent and filled with rougher language than its predecessor, if not quite as powerful or moving.
August 23, 2018
Director Michael Noer falls short in a number of ways, leaving a sense of missed opportunity.
August 23, 2018
Mr. Hunnam plays Papillon with a certain fierceness and swagger, but his psyche is largely impenetrable.
August 23, 2018
What Charriere endured, and finally left behind, has already proven irresistible to a global audience. This retelling - prettily assembled, a little dull - gives that audience little that's truly new.
August 23, 2018
Though Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek give everything they've got to this true-life prison escape, they're denied the chance to make their characters as indelible as Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman did in the 1973 original.
August 23, 2018
The film is mostly sedate, without tension and with too much smolder.
August 23, 2018
Working from a script by Aaron Guzikowski, the director Michael Noer generally puts the camera where it should go and adds a sterile Parisian interlude but nothing much else of note.
August 22, 2018
Charrière's 1969 book became a popular, controversial memoir in France. So why has it inspired not just one but two so-so prison escape films?
August 22, 2018
Amazingly, the remake -- by Danish director Michael Noer -- is nearly as long and equally as depressing. But he's made a slightly more exciting movie.
August 22, 2018
[It's] a sumptuous-looking but slow-moving prison drama that at times will have you dreaming about an escape of your own.
August 22, 2018
The result is a film with much of the same appeal as "The Lost City of Z." Let's hope it doesn't have the same fate.
August 22, 2018
It wisely doubles down on high adventure, but it's still as lifeless as its predecessor. Just in different ways.
August 21, 2018
Why on earth would anyone try to improve on - let alone equal - the rousingly entertaining, if melodramatic, original?
August 21, 2018
Hunnam and Malek acquit themselves finely, neither trying to imitate his predecessor.
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