"Boyle takes advantage of the beauty of the setting, familiar from many John Ford Westerns, but he also captures the inner life of the character. He is aided enormously by Franco, who pull off a virtual one-man show."
Hollywood Reporter - Stephen Farber (09/06/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Boyle's direction packs a sense of urgency into every frame and fast-paced editing by Jon Harris is strong."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (09/08/2010)
"Danny Boyle's 127 HOURS is a true-life adventure that turns into a one-man disaster movie -- and he darker it gets, the more enthralling it becomes."
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (10/29/2010)
"127 HOURS is a nearly solitary tour de force as Franco moves through the various emotional and physical states that desperate straits churn up with such a naturalistic ease it gives the film a documentary feel."
Los Angeles Times - Betsy Sharkey (11/05/2010)
"[I]t's exciting, stirring, often funny, sometimes lyrical and unusually thoughtful."
Wall Street Journal (11/05/2010)
"[The] film, 127 HOURS, is itself the frequently dazzling and perpetually surprising solution to an imposing set of formal and creative conundrums. The stakes are not life and death, but rather life and art."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (11/05/2010)
4 stars out of 4 -- "Only a truly visionary filmmaker could take a story largely set in a cramped canyon and give it a sense of openness and hope."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (11/05/2010)
"Boyle captures the intensity of Ralston's experience in a swift, agonizing, defiantly cinematic 90 minutes."
A.V. Club - Scott Tobias (11/04/2010)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[Boyle] pumps every frame of 127 HOURS with cinematic adrenaline that declares war on the the dull gravity of docudrama."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (11/04/2010)
"Franco's scruffy-dog charm is the thing that keeps the story buoyant. He seals self-pity, even self-doubt, out of the performance."
Movieline - Stephanie Zacharek (11/04/2010)
4 stars out of 4 -- "Boyle uses magnificent cinematography by Anthony Dod Mantle and Enrique Chedlak, establishing the vastness of the Utah wilderness, and the very specific details of Ralston's small portion of it."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (11/10/2010)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "With a nervy, vivid visual style and a commitment to humanism at its most life-affirming, Boyle makes the unbearable not just endurable, but beautiful."
Washington Post (11/12/2010)
Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "Stunningly kinetic filmmaking..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/31/2010)
Ranked #6 in Rolling Stone's "10 Best Movies Of 2010" -- "[The filmmakers] carve artful adventure out of this true tale..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (12/24/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "The vibrancy is there right from the start. We've known that Danny Boyle can work wonders with dark subject-matters..."
Empire - Damon Wise (01/07/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s Boyle's humanist thrust powers towards an ecstatic conclusion, it's the emotional cuts that linger."
Total Film - Kevin Harley (01/01/2011)
"Boyle offers an excitedly externalised take on Ralston's thought-world....Franco is a major asset here, winkingly charismatic then disarmingly humble..."
Sight and Sound - Ben Walters (02/01/2011)
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] completely compelling film....Stunningly filmed, the landscape's harsh beauty provides a tactile, overwhelming backdrop to a terrifying but ultimately transcendent experience."
Uncut - Neil Spencer (02/01/2011)