An urgent piece of cinema -- a shiv in the ribs and right cross to the chin -- that's also a salutation to human solidarity and the will to live.""""
-Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
The movie's conclusion -- a re-creation of a 1992 riot in which 111 prisoners were killed -- has staggering impact.""""
-Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
One might expect a dreary, depressing film, and to an extent it is, but there are many flashes of lightness, not of humor so much as of simple human vividness, which keeps challenging us to see the prisoners as individuals. """"
-Mick La Salle, San Francisco Chronicle