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The Fugitive Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Turns out to be a smashing success, a juggernaut of an action-adventure saga that owes noithing to the past. To put it simply, thi is a home run. [6 August 1993, p. C1]

  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A tense, taut and expert thriller that becomes something more than that, an allegory about an innocent man in a world prepared to crush him.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    "Innovative" is not a legitimate description of The Fugitive, but "entertaining" is.

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  • 90

    out of 100


    A consummate nail-biter that never lags, it leaves you breathless from the chase yet anxious for the next bit of mayhem or clever plot twist.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The New Yorker Anthony Lane

    It's a pleasure to find a thriller fulfilling its duties with such gusto: the emotions ring solid, the script finds time to relax into backchat, and for once the stunts look like acts of desperation rather than shows of prowess.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Heart-pounding thriller with great acting.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will see disturbing scenes of a murderer's assault, plus some shooting, stabbing, and bloody fist fighting. The protagonist is forced into numerous life-threatening situations. He survives a bus crash/train wreck and jumps from a dam into raging water.

  • Families can talk about why being scared by films (or theme park rides and haunted houses) can be fun. Is it because we really long to experience dangerous situations, or is there another reason?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: While the protagonist breaks jail and runs from police, he also risks his life to help others in need and non-violently steers police to the real killer, using his wits.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Disturbing scenes of a murderer's assault. Some shooting, stabbing, and bloody fist fighting.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: A few mild expletives.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue