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Se7en (1995)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Taglines: Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die.

Director: David Fincher

Writers: Andrew Kevin Walker

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Andrew Kevin Walker, Daniel Zacapa, Brad Pitt, ...

A film about two homicide detectives' (Morgan Freeman and (Brad Pitt desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic "John Doe" (Kevin Spacey) sermonizes to Detectives Somerset and Mills -- one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer's terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Somerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer's modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills (Pitt) scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer...

90 | Staff(Not credited)

This weirdly off-kilter suspenser goes well beyond the usual police procedural or killer-on-a-rampage yarn due to a fine script, striking craftsmanship and a masterful performance by Morgan Freeman.
Read More: Variety

88 | Rick Groen

It's intriguing, appalling, savvy, nasty, grossly unsettling -- you may not like what you see, but you'll definitely be affected by the sight.
Read More: The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

88 | Roger Ebert

A dark, grisly, horrifying and intelligent thriller.
Read More: Chicago Sun-Times

80 | Jonathan Rosenbaum

One can already tell that this film is on to something special during the opening credits.
Read More: Chicago Reader


An imaginative and disturbing work; well worth a look.

78 | Marc Savlov

A very nasty piece of work, indeed.
Read More: Austin Chronicle

75 | Owen Gleiberman

This homicide thriller has a tantalizingly morbid atmosphere of unease.
Read More: Entertainment Weekly

75 | James Berardinelli

While Seven lacks the cleverness of the superior "Usual Suspects," it's strong enough to hold its own against most other thrillers.
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75 | Edward Guthmann

Placing style above coherence, Seven glosses over plot points and shows a weakness for cheap, lurid effects.
Read More: San Francisco Chronicle

70 | Rita Kempley

A decidedly medieval enterprise, darker in text and tone than a Gothic cathedral by the light of the moon.
Read More: Washington Post

70 | Peter Travers

It's not the identity of the killer that gives Seven its kick -- it's the way Fincher raises mystery to the level of moral provocation.
Read More: Rolling Stone

70 | Kenneth Turan

Noticeable skill has gone into the making of Seven, but it's hard to take much pleasure in that.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

70 | Desson Thomson

A gruesome detective-thriller about a serial killer who ices egregious offenders of the seven deadly sins, portends an unpalatable combination of formulaic writing and unmitigated nastiness.
Read More: Washington Post

70 | Staff(not credited)

An accomplished thriller that's nasty, brutish and relatively short.
Read More: TV Guide Magazine

63 | Mike Clark

Director David Fincher shovels on more gloom than even the serial killer genre can sustain in the murkily moody, but self-defeating, Seven.
Read More: USA Today

60 | Richard Schickel

It is very tiresome peering through the gloom trying to catch a glimpse of something interesting, then having to avert one's eyes when it turns out to be just another brutally tormented body.
Read More: Time

50 | David Ansen

A style so chic, studied and murky it resembles a cross between a Nike commercial and a bad Polish art film.
Read More: Newsweek

50 | Barbara Shulgasser

While the premise is intriguing, the movie is gluey, bumbling and singularly un-thrilling.
Read More: San Francisco Examiner