Patriots Day (2017)



Critic Consensus: Patriots Day offers a stirring, solidly crafted tribute to the heroes of a real-life American tragedy without straying into exploitative action thriller territory.

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An account of the Boston Marathon bombing, PATRIOTS DAY is the powerful story of a community's courage in the face of terror. In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons) and nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.

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Mark Wahlberg
as Sgt. Tommy Saunders
J.K. Simmons
as Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese
John Goodman
as Ed Davis
Michelle Monaghan
as Carol Saunders
Kevin Bacon
as Richard DesLauriers
Jimmy O. Yang
as Dun Meng
Vincent Curatola
as Mayor Thomas Menino
Alex Wolff
as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Jake Picking
as Officer Sean Collier
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Critic Reviews for Patriots Day

All Critics (221) | Top Critics (40)

"Patriots Day" touches on vast phenomena, looking at an event that packs a huge amount of modern mental space in its crisp narrative confines. That's why its blandly reductive simplicity is all the more unfortunate.

January 23, 2017 | Full Review…

A film content with the charming, if chuckleheaded, cartoon of the Boston local that Wahlberg has regularly inhabited throughout his career.

January 13, 2017 | Full Review…
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The film, which swivels frantically between first responders, survivors, and investigators, has a percussive force.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

An efficient and intense thriller that mines the best tropes of the chase genre.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a story about one city, but it honors the essence of America, and it shows that when the going gets rough, we're all Boston Strong.

January 13, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It isn't quite Captain Phillips or Zero Dark Thirty, but it's a more thoughtful and restrained film than you might've been expecting.

January 12, 2017 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Patriots Day

Intense, exciting and terrifying account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the hunt for the culprits in the days after. Even though the film sticks to the most important characters involved and follows events almost in the style of a documentary it does pack quite the emotional punch. Great cast and direction makes for a pretty emotional ride. Of course you gotta have the message of Bostonian unity in the end, but given the circumstances, that's quite alright.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Despite less-than-compelling performances and a lack of artistic perspective, "Patriot's Day" packs an emotional punch on a visceral level. I found the time spent watching the film was rewarding.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Berg & Wahlberg, once more, help shed light on a dark time in history. Patriots Day does well in depicting evenly the tragedy and drama behind the events from April 2013 while also highlighting the heart and captivating courage of those who were victims and those who responded; sending a heartfelt and respectful acknowledgment in the process. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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