Reviews: Papillon (2018)

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  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Texan Reviews
    • Excerpt: Despite good work from star Charlie Hunnam, it can’t escape the shadow of the original Steve McQueen version.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: It is the non-Hollywood, less glossy version of Charrière’s story and it packs its own kind of punch.
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: Papillon is well made and the two lead performances are great. However, it doesn’t do much to distinguish itself from other prison movies.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Glenn Lovell @ CinemaDope.com
    • Excerpt: remake is overall more satisfying than miscast original … less movie star charismatic, Hunnam plays scruffy squire to McQueen’s Cooler King … ‘Les Miz’ meets ‘Escape from Alcatraz’
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: This is the difference between a 1970s Hollywood vehicle starring Steve McQueen as a badass adonis and a 2017 cinematic landscape able to embrace nuance and compassion despite the testosterone flowing onscreen with a virtually all-male cast. Empathy without a gruff “I would kill you myself” is no longer taboo. It’s a sign of strength.
  • Joao Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]