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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
Average "One could probably best categorize Carl Franklin's Out
of Time as "disappointing, but barely watchable." It is the latest
effort from the actor-turned-director. Franklin, best known for his edgy,
atmospheric thrillers (One False Move, Devil
in a Blue Dress) has the "atmospheric" part of the equation
working here, but not the "edgy" aspect. Out of Time is a
generic thriller with nary a surprise in store for the experienced film noir
viewer. Worse still, the central motive underlying the crime doesn't stand up to
Roger Ebert Full
Good "The movie is in the spirit of those overplotted 1940s crime
movies where the hero's dilemma is so baffling that it seems impossible for him
to escape; the screenplay by David Collard is inspired in part by "The Big
Clock" (1948). All circumstantial evidence points to Matt; Hitchcock
described this dilemma as "the innocent man wrongly accused," but the
catch is, Matt isn't entirely innocent. He did steal the money, for starters.''
USA TODAY Full
Average "Out of Time is out of interesting new ideas. It's
the old story of an innocent man looking guilty of crimes merely because he got
mixed up with the wrong gal. Washington is adequate in the role. But playing
police chief Whitlock after his tour-de-force performance as the vicious cop in Training
Day must feel anticlimactic. Out of Time seems out of another time
and place. Remember Presumed Innocent?''
TV Guide Online Full
Average "Slick but ludicrously contrived, Carl Franklin's
noir-inflected thriller is an exercise in putting a poor jerk in a bad situation
and tightening the screws until he sweats blood. ...preposterous script relies
heavily on fortuitous coincidence and thoroughly stupid behavior. That this
atmospheric time-waster works at all is almost entirely due to Washington's
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