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Arlington Road Reviews

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Lady D

Super Reviewer

October 19, 2006
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.
thmtsang
thmtsang

Super Reviewer

August 26, 2007
Thriller about two neighbours. Jeff suspects Tim of being a terrorist. Good cast.
FiLmCrAzY
FiLmCrAzY

Super Reviewer

September 29, 2007
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!
LorenzoVonMatterhorn
LorenzoVonMatterhorn

Super Reviewer

May 21, 2009
"Fear Thy Neighbor"

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

REVIEW
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.
ScoopOnline
ScoopOnline

Super Reviewer

December 22, 2009
A great Thriller.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

September 22, 2009
Grabs you from the get go, a great film with a very un-Hollywood ending which I doubt we will see again for a very long time to come post 9/11!
sanjurosamurai
sanjurosamurai

Super Reviewer

January 25, 2007
creepy and fascinating. suprise ending that is very unlike hollywood. disturbing but great movie
Stephen M

Super Reviewer

March 9, 2008
This is a bit like a cross between "The 'Burbs" and "The Parallax View", only not as good as either. There's the kernel of a decent movie here, but "Arlington Road" is completely ruined by ham-fisted, over-emphatic direction, predictability and coincidental plotting. The cleverness of the ending is cancelled out by its reliance on the uncertain manipulation of a patsy, a problem which "The Parallax View" tackled much more credibly. Also, Jeff Bridges' unhealthy interest in Tim Robbins is sparked by events so trivial that his character seems totally irrational, and it's difficult to sympathise with him. I'm generally a big fan of Jeff Bridges, but he plays every scene here on the verge of emotional collapse, and becomes unintentionally hilarious after a while.
Jason S

Super Reviewer

October 4, 2007
Good flick. The two main guys play off each other so well it's creepy. And the story goes in directions you won't see coming.
deano
deano

Super Reviewer

April 1, 2007
Domestic terrorism rears its ugly head in this slick, cautionary thriller. The film provides plenty of nooks and crannies for conspiracy junkies to explore and gives a new deep chill to-the saying "there goes the neighbourhood." It pushes several social and political hot buttons on its way to a rather messy, incredulous ending.
Lafe F

Super Reviewer

July 20, 2007
A slightly unsettling tale where Jeff Bridges suspects his new neighbours (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack) are terrorists. Joan Cusack is chilling. Things get wound up tight, and twisted places that I didn't expect, but it all fit.
Dean !

Super Reviewer

April 29, 2007
A low budget thriller with a big twist!
Aaron N

Super Reviewer

June 12, 2006
Ok movie, almost made up for by the pretty neat ending.
Jeremy S

Super Reviewer

March 27, 2006
This movie has such an amazing ending.
boxman
boxman

Super Reviewer

February 23, 2006
[font=Arial][color=darkred]Psychological thrillers are always much harder to pull off than the standard Hollywood action flicks. Bullets and explosions are replaced with taut mental games and psychological grips played with reluctant victims. Though harder to pull off, the spoils can be fruitful. "Arlington Road" tries to bridge the gap since the last great psychological movie (a little something called "Silence of the Lambs") and has lofty intentions. But its efforts fall short. [/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]The movie moves at a snail's pace and has the feel of a novel instead of a screenplay. Mark Pellington, the director most known for the Pearl Jam video "Jeremy," is completely wrong for this picture. His blurs, camera swirls, exaggerated close-ups and poor lighting makes you wonder if they forgot to take off the lens cap and seem entirely out of place. Scenes go on forever with no real connection to one other.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]Sure, the movie has a boatload of stars. Tim Robbins wondrously pulls off the menacing feel that his creepy neighbor character needs to seem dangerous. Joan Cusack is the standout with her devilish take on suburban motherhood and her never-ending evil grin. But while the acting is good, the movie is devoid of suspense and tension for the most part.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=#8b0000]The movie does pack suspense into the last ten minutes. The ending is haunting and will linger with you for some time after you exit the theater. But even a terrific ending doesn't make up for what the audience has been made to suffer through to get to that point.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=darkred]"Arlington Road" tries to reach for the sky with its idea that terror doesn't come from overseas, but from our own backyards. The idea is ripe with potential, but "Arlington Road" never lives up to it. I guess the public will have to wait for the next great psychological thriller. But "Arlington Road" gives me hope for what the future may bring.[/color][/font]

[font=Arial][color=#8b0000]Nate's Grade: C+[/color][/font]
Dann M

Super Reviewer

November 8, 2013
Arlington Road is a daring and controversial political thriller that explores some provocative issues. When a college professor who teaches a course on domestic terrorism starts to suspect that his new neighbors may be part of a terrorist cell, the lives of his friends and family become endangered. Starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, and Hope Davis, the performances are especially strong. The writing is also quite impressive, and does a good job at developing the both the characters and the story arc. Additionally, the film asks some interesting questions about how the government combats terrorist. While the film does have some weak points, Arlington Road delivers a smart and compelling thriller.
John B

Super Reviewer

August 1, 2007
A barely passable thriller. Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges are clearly wasting their time with this drivel.
divinetrash
divinetrash

Super Reviewer

December 19, 2007
I imagine back in 1999 it must have been a real shocker to suspect your neighbor was a terrorist when nowadays everyone is a suspect. Either way, this is a very watchable and entertaining thriller with great performances by the leads.
Erin C

Super Reviewer

May 14, 2009
I wasn't a fan of this movie. It was suspenseful and had lots going on, but the ending was one anyone could guess.
alanjayh
alanjayh

Super Reviewer

October 31, 2008
I have a sneaking suspicion that this movie was developed in reverse..allow me to explain....I believe the director/screenwriter had an ending..and given what the ending to the movie would be, then had the problem of constructing a story on how it could end up that way (ie the car in the garage, the FBI friend, etc)...from that point, the film makers needed to construct a character who, while we could identify with...always seemed a bit Johny Come Lately...meaning always one step behind, making critical errors in judgmenet, etc..which would allow the Tim Robbins character to achieve his goal. Having said that, once you examine the plot developments closely, you would realize that not only would things have to fall into place exactly in order for the end result to occur, but all of the luck would have to be with the Robbins character..while adding a strong dose of coincidence as well. To actually believe this grand plan could actually be achieved the way the movie purports is well..unrealistic to put it kindly. Nothing goes according to plan on such a grand scale..but then again...this is just a movie. Having said that, the first half works wonderful as a paranoia thiller...however, once all the cards are shown, the movie loses its edge and turns more into a frantic chase to the finish..which is predictably shocking and depressing...this is a movie which could have been better if the role of Jeff Bridges was constructed differently. Overall, decent entertainment..leaves you thinking at the end..but please don't think too hard or you will realize the story is alot weaker than it appears.
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