A happier surprise is the smart work of director Richard Donner: 16 Blocks is all jumble and jangle-crowds, snarled traffic, and discordant car horns.
- David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, May 12, 2006
Clunky, solid, enjoyable.
- Trevor Johnston, Time Out, May 06, 2006
Willis and Def -- funny even if he overdoes the whiny shrieking -- are a terrific team.
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, March 09, 2006
I thought this film is one long corny cliché.
- Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper, March 06, 2006
Another urban action thriller that's better than some, worse than most and so forgettable that it's possible to forget it while watching it.
- Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, March 03, 2006
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, March 03, 2006
[Richard] Donner can direct this sort of thriller in his sleep, but he squanders the movie's sense of urgency for little acting or screen-writing indulgences.
- Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, March 03, 2006
Getting anywhere in New York gridlock can take forever, especially when you're following Bruce Willis in a cookie-cutter action thriller.
- Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger, March 03, 2006
The actors seem to have inspired the hack director Richard Donner and the cat-and-mouse game is much grittier than one would expect from the creator of the Lethal Weapon series.
- Lou Lumenick, New York Post, March 03, 2006
16 Blocks is the best of this trio [of recent crooked cop movies, including Dirty and Running Scared], thanks to the winning performances of its stars -- a restrained Bruce Willis and a very likable Mos Def.
- Jack Mathews, New York Daily News, March 03, 2006
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, March 03, 2006
While 16 Blocks may be two blocks and three left-hand turns too long, it's still one sturdy cop thriller, filled with grit, corruption, action and redemption and fueled by strong performances from Bruce Willis, Mos Def and David Morse.
- Tom Long, Detroit News, March 03, 2006
The Lethal Weapon movies were all about charismatic actors breathing life into stock characters. That doesn't happen with Willis and Def.
- John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press, March 03, 2006
This noisy, formulaic film turns out to be immediately forgettable, except for the parts that are so ridiculous they leave you shaking your head in wonder hours later.
- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, March 03, 2006
Hiding among all the uniforms and bullets, it turns out, is an actors' movie, and two actors more than capable of hitting their marks.
- Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, March 03, 2006
- , St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 04, 2006
16 Blocks emerges from the seasonal shadows to provide a fair measure of entertainment.
- Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News, March 03, 2006
It's the clamor and weak script that make it feel like a flatfoot trying to chase down a better movie.
- Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, March 03, 2006
In the end it's not the predictable action but the lack of chemistry and camaraderie that sinks 16 Blocks.
- Allison Benedikt, Chicago Tribune, March 03, 2006
16 Blocks feels like a remake of Clint Eastwood's The Gauntlet. The Gauntlet was exciting nonsense. 16 Blocks is just dutiful, until all the duty crowds out any fun.
- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, March 03, 2006