Lists: Mystery, Thriller, Crime / Heist, Psychological Thrillers, HPR Selects, Detective investigation, Detective vs antagonist, Whodunnit

Brief Synopsis: "Two homicide detectives are on a desperate hunt for a serial killer whose crimes are based on the "seven deadly sins" in this dark and haunting film that takes viewers from the tortured remains of one victim to the next. The seasoned Det. Sommerset researches each sin in an effort to get inside the killer's mind, while his novice partner, Mills, scoffs at his efforts to unravel the case."

Overall Ranking: 312 (Rank from 1995: # 6)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 61.9%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 4.76%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Mario L100
Rob from GuysFilmQuest97
Gorgon Reviews97
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium97(full review)
Sir M Hayes XIV95
Brandon H95
Dan O'Neill90 - Although it may not be for everybody, Seven is still one of Fincher’s best with a tension-filled atmosphere, brilliant script, superb writing, and a grand finale that will be sure to stay in your mind way long after the film is over.
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Jay of Life Vs Film90(full review)
Head In A Vice Tyson Carter90(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik90
Jeremy M90 - I loved it. I'm not big on true crime movies, but this one made the serial killer seem so freaking inhuman, and Morgan Freeman was terrific in this.
Colin Flanagan88 - David Fincher's "Seven", or "Se7en" is a fantastic horror detective stories that brings a gut churning ending.
J Patterson85
J Collins80
Thomas Pollock80
HC Movie Reviews80(full review)
Drezzy80 - Great performances from most of those involved, a fantastic twist ending that made perfect sense, and a reversal of expectations help make this movie work on most fronts. I felt some of the pacing was awkward and Gwyneth Paltrow is hit-or-miss in everything she's been in (a massive hit as Pepper Potts, IMO), but the reversal of expected roles at the end (usually, it's the veteran with "two days till retirement" that goes off into the sunset as the rookie takes over) really helps make this work.
Sean Kelly80(full review)
Dave Examines Movies77(full review)
Jester Smiles75 - Solid movie, but I don't get all the hype. Also, I feel that the ending sorta contradicts the entire point of the film.
Bryan Lienesch63 - It's not nearly the philosophical essay on morals that it thinks it is.
David Baruffi25

People Involved

  • Brad Pitt (Detective David Mills)
  • Morgan Freeman (Detective Lt. William Somerset)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow (Tracy Mills)
  • R. Lee Ermey (Police Captain)
  • Andrew Kevin Walker (Dead Man)
  • Kevin Spacey (John Doe)
  • Daniel Zacapa (Detective Taylor)
  • John Cassini (Officer Davis)
  • Hawthorne James (George, Library Night Guard)
  • Richard Roundtree (Dist. Atty. Martin Talbot)
  • John C. McGinley (California)
  • Richard Portnow (as Dr. Beardsley)
  • Emily Wagner (as Detective Sara)
  • Andrew Kevin Walker (Director)
  • Arnold Kopelson (Director)
  • David Fincher (Director)