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Arlington Road (1999)


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 89
Fresh: 55
Rotten: 34

Critics Consensus: A suspenseful thriller led by strong cast performances built around a somewhat implausible story.

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: A suspenseful thriller led by strong cast performances built around a somewhat implausible story.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 42,408



Movie Info

In this tense thriller, a man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be -- and their secrets could be deadly. Michael Faraday (played by Jeff Bridges) is a college professor whose wife, an FBI agent, was killed in the line of duty by members of an extremist right-wing terrorist group, leaving him to raise their nine-year-old son by himself. One day, he saves the life of a boy he sees on the street. The child turns out to be the son of his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl … More

R (adult situations/language, violence)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Ehren Kruger
In Theaters:
Dec 11, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Arlington Road

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (34) | DVD (16)

The machinations and manipulations built into the story it spins are simply too obvious to be taken to heart.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Arlington Road is a movie trying so hard for intelligence, quality and deeper meanings, you can almost sense the strain under the celluloid.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

An engrossing thriller!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The climax is so implausible we stop caring and start scratching our heads!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The premise is intriguing and the acting of Bridges and Robbins is decent, but the director Pellington's execution leaves much to be desired.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

Scary movie about terrorism. Not for kids.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

Stylish and unsettling.

Full Review… | November 18, 2009

Darker and more intimate than you expect.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

A tight, well-rounded piece of suspense/thriller filmmaking with an electric performance by Bridges.

October 28, 2005

It merely exploits our fears and emotions to jerk us around.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

Apesar da narrativa morna e nada sutil, o final do filme redime parte dos fracassos do projeto.

January 29, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It never really gets inside us, mostly due to its overheated direction and endless Hitchcockian references.

Full Review… | July 2, 2002
Matinee Magazine

...serves little more than forgettable rental fodder for some evening when you are in the mood for mindless junk food.

Full Review… | March 17, 2002

A gripping political thriller about the dangers of domestic terrorism and the paranoia of those who see danger everywhere.

Full Review… | March 4, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

...could have been a superb dark fantasy, but takes its own malarkey seriously.

Full Review… | September 18, 2001

almost hard to catch your breath

Full Review… | April 3, 2001

A crooked road indeed.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
3BlackChicks Review

The plot takes forever to get moving, and when it does, it can't justify its excesses.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
E! Online

This is a sloppily made film, imitative of the smoother made The Parallax View.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Offensively phony and unintentionally hilarious!

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Arlington Road


A great start to the film, grabs your attention from the off, it then plods along at a steady pace and then hits you right again at the end with an unexpected ending.

An enjoyable performance by Jeff Bridges and overall an enjoyable Conspiracy/Political Thriller.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Thriller about two neighbours. Jeff suspects Tim of being a terrorist. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

well its an alright thriller!
it is clever and the ending was so unexpected that i love the originality of , as its not the obvious good guys win bad guys lose!
but it does get a bit boring, there isnt enough action to keep me interested!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


"Fear Thy Neighbor"

A college professor begins to suspect that his neighbour is a terrorist.

Gripping, fast-paced paranoia thriller stars Bridges as an edgy college professor and single father who lives in resentment over the fate of his late wife, a dedicated federal agent who died years earlier in a botched sting. Now he has the misfortune of trying to convince everyone that he's not paranoid when he begins to suspect that new neighbors Robbins and Cusack may be terrorists up to no good. Frantic thriller delivers great performances, believable plot twists, and an unexpectedly shocking finale. May not hold up if you ask a lot of questions, but by most standards it's fairly intense and entertaining. Cusack really stands out as an overly cheerful next door neighbor.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

Arlington Road Quotes

Oliver Lang:
He wishes someone had to pay.
– Submitted by Frances H (4 months ago)
They work so hard at being able to look you in the eye.
– Submitted by Frances H (4 months ago)

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