One of [Siegel’s] best. The sex has been suppressed, sublimated into a fuzzy fear of prison rape. But ALCATRAZ is really about the marriage of a sensibility and a style—a thriller built on precise, unassuming competence. More effectively than Eastwood’s own ‘mystical’ Westerns (HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER, PALE RIDER), ALCATRAZ withholds narrative closure. It’s the kind of movie that makes everything else on the block look hopelessly ingratiating.
Kyle A. Westphal
February 13, 2015