A familiar story of sinister creature frights and psychological horror gets a little boost from a gloomy mood of urban decay and isolation.
The film's pretty repugnant if taken as social commentary, but plays with contemporary fears and anxieties incredibly effectively.
| Original Score: 3/5
Despite being innovatively directed and punchily edited, as a genre piece this is lacking in depth and genuine dread.
| Original Score: 2/5
[A] confused, mostly clunky, but occasionally involving, low-budget horror/thriller ...
Foy's talent lies in suggesting horror, not delivering it.
A lean and mean horror set in a shattered city that is both all-to-recognisable as broken Britain while also feeling totally alien.
Despite its defiantly un-PC 'fear-a-hoodie' message, the film nails its urban setting, filling every frame with a richly sustained sense of despair, decay and dread.
An absorbing redemption tale this may be, but one that comes with a lot of baggage.
Drawing from his own experiences of agoraphobia following a brutal mugging, Foy has taken the emerging genre of "hoodie horror" and pushed it in novel and disturbing directions.
| Original Score: 4/5
Plenty of pungent ideas and a nice line in urban terror. The final product falls short of the best in Brit horror, though.
A shoddy, muddled film.
A gritty sister to Philip Ridley's Heartless, this is similarly flawed but full of flair.
This is a basic story, simply and directly told by Irish writer-director Ciaran Foy.
| Original Score: 3/4
By literally dehumanizing its antagonists, Citadel not only muddles its political message but also undermines the gravity of its main character's circumstances.
Writer-director Ciaran Foy knows his job, even if he's never done it before -- this is his feature debut -- and he handles it well.
Although this film has a simple and predictable story setup, it takes a long time to develop. The first part of the film has a rather slow pace.
| Original Score: C
The concept eventually turns into predictably contrived genre fodder with muddled sociopolitical undercurrents.
A compelling inner city nightmare, with the supernatural elements barely masking a very real scenario.
| Original Score: B
It's all rather nausea-inducing and a bit frightening - not the film (I can only wish) but its subtextual message.
| Original Score: 2/4
"Citadel" attempts to transform mundane anxieties into the stuff of a horror film. But the initial tension of the premise dissipates like a slow leak.