Bug Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Claustrophobic paranoia provides the squishy center of Tracy Letts's Off Broadway play, Friedkin swims in it
Brian Holcomb
CinemaBlend.com
May 2, 2008
While not really a "horror" film, "Bug" contains more weirdness, tension and suspense than most other "genre" releases last year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
Letts' story is ultimately an extreme cautionary tale about how a little bit of passion can make you do magnificently fucked-up things.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 1, 2007
Before it completely goes off the rails in its final 20 minutes, Bug generally comes off as a slow-moving yet exceedingly well-acted drama...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 17, 2007
It starts off like a horror film, or like a modern-day Tennessee Williams piece and then transmutes into ... something very different indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Glen Ferris
Empire Magazine
November 8, 2007
The dialogue raises the odd snigger and the final act is perhaps a little too barmy, but a committed cast and an experienced director make this a tense and effectively claustrophobic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
September 28, 2007
Thanks to Friedkin's devilish direction, and Letts's unrelenting, sharp, sad and darkly comic writing, Bug will keep you guessing till the bloody end.
Dragan Antulov
Index.hr
September 28, 2007
Melodramati%u010Dni, isforsirani i predvidljivi zavr%u0161etak
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
An exemplary character-driven chamber drama like we don't see much of in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007
A freakishly metaphorical look at the self-destructive implications of paranoia gone awry.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 25, 2007
Friedkin's best film in at least two decades.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stax
IGN Movies
June 22, 2007
Bug is more cerebral than visceral so those expecting a more traditional chiller may be disappointed. But for those interested in a creepy character study, this Bug has bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 19, 2007
Overly metaphorical but at least uncompromising -- a surefire crowd-nonpleaser.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 13, 2007
A disaster on every level.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
June 12, 2007
...you start to wonder what Friedkin has been doing for the past 30 years. From the look of "Bug," I'd have ventured not a darn thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 9, 2007
a claustrophobic thriller that slowly and methodically peels away layers of normality until we are trapped in a contagious delusion made frightening literal
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 8, 2007
The final quarter of the film is actually rather bloody, almost living up to the promise of the trailer. It's actually rather subtle for a horror flick, but is really good just the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.9/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 7, 2007
...has the air of acting class exercises rather than a work of real emotional resonance...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
June 7, 2007
Try as it may, Bug never really gets under your skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 7, 2007
The result, then, is that little here is psychologically engaging for the viewer. Instead, to witness vulnerable Agnes being pulled into a vortex of delusion and paranoia is akin to watching a car wreck.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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