| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 8/10
Claustrophobic paranoia provides the squishy center of Tracy Letts's Off Broadway play, Friedkin swims in it
While not really a "horror" film, "Bug" contains more weirdness, tension and suspense than most other "genre" releases last year.
Letts' story is ultimately an extreme cautionary tale about how a little bit of passion can make you do magnificently fucked-up things.
It starts off like a horror film, or like a modern-day Tennessee Williams piece and then transmutes into ... something very different indeed.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.
An exemplary character-driven chamber drama like we don't see much of in America.
A freakishly metaphorical look at the self-destructive implications of paranoia gone awry.
| Original Score: B+
Friedkin's best film in at least two decades.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
a claustrophobic thriller that slowly and methodically peels away layers of normality until we are trapped in a contagious delusion made frightening literal
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.9/5
Friedkin gets political in exposing the value of dependence for people who believe they can depend on very little.
A deeply disturbing, claustrophobic look at psychological trauma.
| Original Score: 3/4
Ashley Judd's got guts, and so does William Friedkin, a director who peaked in the early 1970s and hasn't made a memorable film in decades. Not until Bug, that is.
| Original Score: 78/100
[Friedkin] expertly helms this relatively narrow-focused screenplay by playwright Tracy Letts.