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.
Film informationGenre: Action, Drama, Thriller
- Film.com - 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- USA Today - by Claudia Puig
In its focus on an ordinary family facing a nightmarish scenario, Snitch is a terrifying but relatable story. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...
- 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. ...read more
- Empire - by James White
While not the balls-out action movie the marketing suggests, this Rock-powered family drama is not with its moments. ...read more
- 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. ...
- 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. ...
- 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. ...
- 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. ...read more
- New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
A glorified TV movie. ...
- The New York Times - by Stephen Holden
For all its violence and road rage, Snitch doesn’t disintegrate into noisy popcorn nonsense. ...
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
Good intentions are all but submerged in nonsense. ...
- 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." ...read more
- 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. ...
- New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
Snitch is like watching an elephant on ice: inelegant, but you admire the effort. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...read more
- 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. ...