General Information

Glossary: L
Released Year: 2009
Runtime: 109 minutes
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Directors: F. Gary Gray
Writers: Kurt Wimmer
Casts: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Michael Kelly, Gregory Itzin, Roger Bart, Dan Bittner, Michael Irby, Viola Davis, Colm Meaney, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb, Regina Hall, Emerald-Angel Young, Christian Stolte, Annie Corley, Richard Portnow, Josh Stewart, Brooke Stacy Mills, Patrick McDade, Richard Barlow
IMDB: Law Abiding Citizen (2009) - IMDB

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User Rating:
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IMDB Rating: 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A


Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
One of those movies you like more at the time than in retrospect.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Steven Rea
That the film, directed in swift strokes by F. Gary Gray from a screenplay credited to Kurt Wimmer, doesn't really work - unrelentingly grim, unintentionally funny - is almost beside the point. It's a wild concept.
USA Today - Claudia Puig
Deep within Law Abiding Citizen lurks a thought-provoking movie. But most of what we see on the screen is implausible, superficial and only marginally involving.
ReelViews - James Berardinelli
The biggest problem with Law Abiding Citizen, however, is that the plot is just plain dumb.

Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. Ten years later, the one who was convicted is being executed but something goes wrong; his execution goes awry and he suffers. They learn that someone tampered with the machine. And the other one is found dead, killed in a gruesome manner. Rice suspects Shelton, so he has him picked up. At first, Shelton agrees to a plea agreement with Rice but changes his mind. It appears that Shelton is not done, it appears he blames the whole system and is declaring war on it going after everyone involved with his family's case. So Rice has to stop him but Shelton is way ahead of him.