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Arlington Road (1999)



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

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


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 21
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 10

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



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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


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Ehren Kruger

Dec 11, 2001

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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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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
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An engrossing thriller!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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The climax is so implausible we stop caring and start scratching our heads!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
Chicago Sun-Times
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The premise is intriguing and the acting of Bridges and Robbins is decent, but the director Pellington's execution leaves much to be desired.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Scary movie about terrorism. Not for kids.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Stylish and unsettling.

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source:

Darker and more intimate than you expect.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

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.

July 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

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

March 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

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

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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

September 18, 2001 Full Review Source:

almost hard to catch your breath

April 3, 2001 Full Review

A crooked road indeed.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
3BlackChicks Review

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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.
August 5, 2011

Super Reviewer

Thriller about two neighbours. Jeff suspects Tim of being a terrorist. Good cast.
July 1, 2011
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!
August 16, 2010
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.
April 8, 2010
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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