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16 Blocks

action & adventure, drama


An aging cop is assigned the ordinary task of escorting a fast-talking witness from police custody to a courthouse. There are however forces at work trying to prevent them from making it.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    55%
  • Audience Score
    58%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    55%
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  • Audience

    58%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: In the end it's not the predictable action but the lack of chemistry and camaraderie that sinks 16 Blocks.

- Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune, Friday, March 3, 2006

Fresh: Its dialogue is sassy, its plotting is taut (maybe too taut, as key segues are AWOL), but 16 Blocks has more on the brain than mere distraction. It aims to save souls.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 3, 2006

Fresh: 16 Blocks is a police procedural in the change-your-life spirit of Oprah. And I say this with the deepest respect for both genres.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Friday, March 3, 2006

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Decent thriller, Mos Def struggles as a mentally challenged witness. I would write more but I don't care and I need to take a dump.

- Chiefilms, Monday, January 18, 2010

2 stars

Not great but not awful. I expected more from Richard Donner though!

- SirPant, Monday, September 21, 2009

4 stars

This is one of Bruce Willis' finest films yet. He plays a tired old cop who is handed the menial task of driving Mos Def, a criminal, who has to testify in court. Little does he know, he winds up running into very much trouble. Although one might think that this movie cannot be suspenseful because it takes place within the radius of 16 blocks, many twists and turns occur which make it very interesting. Mos Def also delivers an outstanding performance through the use of his accent and his hilarious anecdotes throughout the movie. He adds a lot of depth to his character and to the movie as a whole. Thus, the audience is able to sympathize with him. Overall, this movie was excellent and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great fast paced thriller

- matertenebraum, Tuesday, January 6, 2009