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ATM (2012)



Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 7

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After leaving their company Christmas Party together, David Hargrove and Emily Brandt's impromptu first date takes an unexpected turn when their coworker, Corey, asks them to make a late-night stop at an ATM. What should be a routine transaction turns into a desperate struggle for survival when an unknown man appears outside the vestibule. With the wintry temperatures dipping below freezing, and the morning sunrise still hours away, they have no choice but to play the man's deadly game of


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Chris Sparling

Jul 31, 2012


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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (20) | DVD (2)

This ATM-set horror film fails to dispense sufficient thrills.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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None of it builds to anything or engenders any real suspense.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Not much about the movie makes sense, though there are occasional schlocky thrills.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Mr. Brooks capitalizes on antiseptic, fluorescent interiors, while the score, by David Buckley, nicely accents stress points.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Screenwriter Chris Sparling worked in confined spaces to far better effect before with the minimalist Ryan Reynolds thriller"Buried." He must have used his best ideas there.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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While "ATM" does offer a few jolts, we're paired with bland characters and an underrealized premise.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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ATM's flawed premise leads to a film that lacks the necessary tension and character development to keep the audience engaged in the story. Furthermore, the characters' unwillingness to act on their situation merely makes for a very frustrating film.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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[E]ven at the script stage, someone ought to have noticed how many holes were present in this story.

September 16, 2012 Full Review Source:

An increasingly ludicrous thriller...

July 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Spatially contained thriller ATM squanders the efforts of a solid young cast, fumbling away viewer sympathy via increasingly harebrained scenarios. Audiences will feel as ripped off as they would be by exorbitant user fees at the namesake devices.

May 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

... resorts to incoherent contrivances involving characters who lack basic common sense.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source:

A new thriller with three talented actors nonetheless caught in an ineffective film that stretches to meet its running time and then ends with a final act that destroys suspension of disbelief.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source:

It would probably work better as a parody. The laughs are already built-in.

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Reason Online
Reason Online

...a vaguely interesting idea for a scary movie made dull and derivative

April 6, 2012 Full Review Source:

Even by the most lenient of genre standards, the behavior of the characters in David Brooks's ATM is ludicrous enough to make anyone grind his or her teeth in frustration.

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Movieline

If both good and evil characters don't behave in ways that make sense vis-à-vis their circumstances, any sense of terror quickly dissipates.

March 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

ATM isn't a convincing movie, but the production is at least breaking a sweat on this effort, making it a promising misfire that might enchant those on the hunt for something slightly cockeyed when it comes to the torment of innocents.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source:

... a tidy, reasonably effective Canadian release in the tradition of Phone Booth, Buried and other tight-squeeze thrillers ... The twist ending would have amused no less a connoisseur than Hitchcock.

March 8, 2012 Full Review Source: CinemaDope | Comments (2)

Audience Reviews for ATM

Plenty of holes in this one. In short a stupid and ridiculous movie. Too bad, the cast is actually solid, but they are doomed to an inane plot which forces them to do the usual clichéd stupid stuff guaranteed to prolong their misery. All in all, goofy movie.
December 31, 2013

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ATM desperately wants to be a high concept thriller in the vein of Phone Booth, but lacks the good performances and thrills of that movie to be successful. The writing and acting are terrible, the characters continually do remarkably dumb things, and the "set-up" phase of the story to get you involved with the characters is downright atrocious. I didn't like any of these characters at all and some of the things that come out of their mouth make you shake your head. There's a scene or two that pack a punch viscerally, but they are too separated and are following by stupefying actions. They do one thing right not showing who the villain is or what his motivations are, but the ending just felt tacked on to me. I mainly watched this because I thought the concept sounded really cool, but beyond that there's nothing to recommend about this film. It lacks the brain, story, and thrills required of this genre to succeed.
May 18, 2013

Super Reviewer

I really like fast-paced claustrophobic movies.
February 11, 2013

Super Reviewer

"The only reason I found this film to be a tad scary and definitely creepy is because this could happen. Maybe not exactly like this. But there are some crayzay peeps out there doing similar shit. I thought the premise was good and so was the acting. I however thought some of the decisions were ridiculous. Why park so far away, why not jump the guy-there are three of you like Corey says, and last why didn't you just run the other damn way when he was standing so far away or distracted by, I don't know, beating the crap out of someone else? I got a little frustrated with the three victims. But then again, who knows how one might act if ever in this situation. We all lose our thought process when were scared and panicking. I know I do."
November 2, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. David: I need a ride home, some money to spend, and someone to get me something to eat. I'm not intruding am I?
    – Submitted by Robert S (23 months ago)
    1. Emily: He's trying to drown us!
    2. David: No. He's trying to freeze us.
    – Submitted by Corey M (2 years ago)
    1. Corey: He's just watching us.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Corey: Life's about choices man. One bad one can ruin every good one you have made.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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