Construction company owner John Matthews learns that his estranged son, Jason, has been arrested for drug trafficking. Facing an unjust prison sentence for a first time offender courtesy of mandatory minimum sentence laws, Jason has nothing to offer for leniency in good conscience. Desperately, John convinces the DEA and the opportunistic DA Joanne Keeghan to let him go undercover to help make arrests big enough to free his son in return. With the unwitting help of an ex-con employee, John enters the narcotics underworld where every move could be his last in an operation that will demand all his resources, wits and courage to survive.









Movie Reviews:
  • 75 - by William Goss
    Despite its apparent compromises to noble finger-wagging (initially) and requisite fist-pumping (eventually), Waugh has fashioned a sturdy character-first entertainment out of Snitch at a time of year when those are all too rare to behold. more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Rick Groen
    Pleasant because, instead of the usual hero-and-mayhem jive, Snitch is an honest exercise in workmanlike craft. This is to film what ceramic is to floors or Billy is to bookcase or what a third-line centre is to a winning hockey team – hardly great but good and solid and functional. more

  • 75
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    In its focus on an ordinary family facing a nightmarish scenario, Snitch is a terrifying but relatable story. more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by Bilge Ebiri
    There’s a lot of cartoonish potential in Snitch, but director Ric Roman Waugh (who previously made the excellent prison drama "Felon," another exercise in somber desperation) seems intent on trying to sell the movie as a more serious enterprise. And amazingly, the gambit works. more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Todd McCarthy
    Unusual for this sort of thing, Snitch is a film after which you remember the characters and actors more than the big action moments. more

  • 67
    The A.V. Club - by Nathan Rabin
    Snitch toys with moral ambiguity and fatalism before losing its nerve and delivering the action-movie goods in a climax that hews closer to fantasy than the keenly observed realism of the film’s solid center. ...

  • 63
    Boston Globe - by Tom Russo
    Snitch gets a decent amount of drama (and action, of course) out of the argument that there’s paying for a crime, and then there’s overpaying. more

  • 63
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    Directed by veteran stuntman Ric Roman Waugh, Snitch is shot with a mix of nervous close-ups and weirdly vertiginous angles. more

  • 63
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Richard Roeper
    Who would have guessed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would deliver the best work of his career playing a guy who squares off against a pack of small-time street thugs. ...

  • 63
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    What gives it’s juice is the supporting cast. John Bernthal (“The Walking Dead”) is credibly wary as the ex-con John begs to get him in the door of the drug world. And the terrific Michael Kenneth Williams is the first dealer he meets, a guy who pulls a gun on him just to test him. more

  • 60
    Empire - by James White
    While not the balls-out action movie the marketing suggests, this Rock-powered family drama is not with its moments. more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    Snitch is a movie that cries out for the wiry B stars of yore: Robert Forster, a younger Tommy Lee Jones. And it would have occurred to a craftier screenwriter to make his hero’s walk on the criminal wild side a touch more tempting. ...

  • 60
    Arizona Republic - by Barbara VanDenburgh
    Although Johnson performs admirably in the drama-heavy role — far better than many of his action-hero colleagues would manage — John Matthews is a character as boring as his name. ...

  • 60
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    It's nice to have actors of Sarandon and Pepper's caliber onboard for the office-bound wheeler-dealer scenes, but mostly, it's the prospect of witnessing Johnson at the helm of an 18-wheeler as he rams his way through machine-gun fire that excites. ...

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle - by Mick LaSalle
    Not the usual action movie. It's too odd for that. Based on a true story, it has the weirdness of real life, which is good. But also like real life, it has that funny way of not making much sense or being all that enjoyable. more

  • 50
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    A glorified TV movie. ...

  • 50
    The New York Times - by Stephen Holden
    For all its violence and road rage, Snitch doesn’t disintegrate into noisy popcorn nonsense. ...

  • 50
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Joe Williams
    The verdict on Snitch is that Johnson has attempted a career detour on a street marked Do Not Enter. more

  • 50
    Austin Chronicle - by Louis Black
    Unfortunately, Snitch is torn between being an ideological drama and a more traditional action film – and Johnson’s presence only contributes to the confusion. more

  • 42
    Entertainment Weekly - by Keith Staskiewicz
    The film tries to paint in shades of gray with vague criticisms of the war on drugs, but the absurdity of its he-man Everyman plot ends up turning its moral palette a muddy brown. more

  • 40
    The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
    Good intentions are all but submerged in nonsense. ...

  • 40
    New Orleans Times-Picayune - by Mike Scott
    This is the sort of movie that Charles Bronson would have made back in the day, and indeed a shot of Johnson standing in a sporting goods store, contemplating a wall of shotguns as he gets ready to get busy, could have come from any "Death Wish." more

  • 40
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    All the talking would be fine, but the dialogue is preachy, the drama too earnest and the action kind of sluggish, though it's hard not to get a jolt when Johnson jumps behind the wheel. ...

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    Snitch is like watching an elephant on ice: inelegant, but you admire the effort. more

  • 30
    Time - by Mary Pols
    Snitch wasn’t going to be good no matter what Johnson did; it is so poorly directed that even Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon, playing a shrewish federal prosecutor, comes off as a hack straight off a soap opera. more

  • 30
    Village Voice - by Melissa Anderson
    Though Snitch loudly announces itself as a social-issues movie, its nominal outrage over the severity of our nation's sentencing laws for first-time drug offenders is quickly subsumed by a jacked-up narrative of a father going to extremes to save his son. more

  • 25
    The Playlist - by Drew Taylor
    Snitch is just a big, dumb, ugly-looking waste of time, one that turns one of cinema's most charismatic heroes into a restless drone. As they say in the joint: snitches get stitches. But Snitch deserves to be put down for good. more

  • 25
    Slant Magazine - by
    Snitch is the latest in a long line of films whose sole purpose is to flatten a major social problem into a pulp ideal for self-serious spectacle. ...

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    A pretty good action flick that gets bonus points for being based on true events. I thought “The Rock” did a good job in this. I am usually annoyed with wrestling actors since 99.9% of them cannot act. But “The Rock” seems to be that 1% that can. I enjoy watching him in movies.
    The story is pretty intense and really puts you at aw that a father went to such extremes to save his son from prison life. Father, I applaud you.
    It was nice seeing Jon Bernthal. I miss him in The Walking Dead. He brought the crazy and I miss it.
    The movie is definitely worth seeing if you get the chance. =]