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25,481 Ratings



Directed by David Fincher
United States, 1995
Thriller, Crime, Mystery


Set in an unnamed urban city deluged by rain and eroded by decay, newbie David Mills and soon to be retiree Det. William Somerset are paired up to solve their first and final case, respectively. A diabolic collective of murders inspired by the seven deadly sins.

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Seven Directed by David Fincher
With a title sequence that references both Stan Brakhage and To Kill a Mockingbird, Se7en announces itself as a decidedly progressive genre text. Throughout his career, but particularly in this early masterwork, Fincher’s consumed the fleeting styles of Hollywood and mainstream film and redirected them, turning them into something altogether different yet somehow recognizable, even classical, if only because they share the immaculate polish of works by studio greats like Otto Preminger.
March 23, 2015
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This is a crushingly well-composed movie, one that moves to a brutal rhythm, that creaks and groans and drips and cries out without mercy… The real concern here is not one of theology but, as is so often the case for Fincher, of ethics. In this case, the question is the largest of Fincher’s career to date: is cinema evil? Which is another way of asking, is there a line film cannot cross, or is it, by its very existence, unforgivable?
August 02, 2013
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Some reviewers have been calling the film hackneyed and implausible. I suppose they’re right about the plot, but their observations ignore what makes the movie a noteworthy achievement, which is almost entirely a matter of stylistic freshness and conviction, the special look and feel of certain actors and sets.
October 06, 1995
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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Seven

    This "cheese & gristle" crime movie was worse than I expected, and in the last scene, acknowledges that it is "a movie-of-the-week, a fuckin' tee-shirt at best". I am bumping it up to three stars for snappy direction/editing, some impressive frames and even more impressive set design. Kevin Spacey's performance is also a saving grace. He's a great actor, one of the best, and it'll be a shame if he never works again.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Seven

    Morally and philosophically, Seven is a very teenage conception of what a grown-up film is like—if you worry the world may be profoundly irredeemable because it contains obese people and prostitutes, angst is pretty entrenched. With Zodiac, Fincher would make a truly grown-up serial killer film. For 1995, the great triumph of Seven is the creation of its setting, a chillingly evocative "dark city" for the millennium.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Seven

    A sacrilege noir and doomsday procedural that from its slick, ‘edgy’ opening credits to its non-hallowed, rainy look feels like dreary abandon, yet every element is theatrically placed, unnatural. Rightfully subtle in its grimmer plot details, if also thinly plotted, with an equally simple story. It’s as much phony, MTV adult-pissing teenager baiting, as it’s hell-raising subversion. Fuck all if I know which more so?

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Seven

    First viewing since high school. The two things I love most about "Seven": 1.) its sense of urgency. It's evident in every frame that David Fincher is hungry to prove himself after the misfire of "Alien 3." He directs like it's the last film he'll ever be allowed to make. 2.) There's very little that pegs this film to a specific city or year, as though Fincher's rainy, decaying gotham exists entirely outside of time.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Seven

    If taken as a conventional thriller, then the film might appear adolescent, if not slightly kitsch; its gimmick, combined with Fincher's brand of 'Ikea nihilism', threatening empty sensationalism. However, approaching the story more as an allegory, in which the setting is a kind of purgatory, & where characters become arbiters of moral conviction, it succeeds in an exploration of some interesting & unsettling themes.

  • Frankly, Mr. Shankly's rating of the film Seven

    The more I think about, the more I dislike it. Though is quite enjoyable at some moments (the Deadly Sins thing and the crimes scenes really had me), the movie is kinda predictable and it's not as smart as it think it is. Also [spoiler] doesn't make any sense the fact that John Doe visit the library constantly when he had hundreds of books in his apartment. Unlikely. Imho, Seven fails where Zodiac hits.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Seven

    *** 1/2 Film dealing with oppositions: black / white, rain / sun, rationality / emotion or cultivation / ignorance. Very pessimistic as the main characters don't know whether they live in a heavenly hell or in a hellish paradise. A DVD zone mis-assimilitated catechism.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Seven

    The definitive movie of the 90's. This movie is so incredible it makes me sad to think about the sorry state of cinema today. Unfortunately we'll never see anything like it ever again. Oh, those were the days...

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