Citadel Reviews

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
November 15, 2012
While Foy's efforts to create his own distinct modern urban mythos are ambitious, the result isn't entirely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 15, 2012
A bare-bones man-against-his-worst-fears white knuckler, shot through deep, menacing shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 11, 2012
Quite a chore sitting through such a muddled downer.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
November 9, 2012
[Aneurin Barnard] gives one of the most compelling and powerful performances I've seen this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 8, 2012
Has an atavistic pulse, evoking a decaying society where elevators fail and bus drivers cower behind mesh grills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
November 8, 2012
This hopelessly muddled horror movie takes place in a United Kingdom public housing high-rise so dingy and bleak you might feel that razing it would be a mercy.
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William Goss
Film.com
November 7, 2012
Just tense enough for just long enough to keep potentially nagging disbelief at bay.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 6, 2012
The more that fright-flick conventions take over, the more the movie's recognizable and resonant human fears are dulled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2012
U.K.-set monster movie has few scares, plenty of noxious overtones.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
November 1, 2012
Occasional bursts of effective atmospheric dread punctuate what is otherwise a thinly imagined genre exercise that would work far better as a short film.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 24, 2012
Citadel is stripped down and no-nonsense, fixating on Tommy's emotional and psychological struggles with an intensity that's harrowing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
October 19, 2012
This taut thriller wrings maximum suspense from all-too ordinary, real-life terrors while gradually edging into full-blown horror territory.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 13, 2012
There's a solid 20 minutes of pretty terrific horror atmosphere... [not] enough to justify the wandering, pointless, frequently dull hour that precedes that point.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
March 21, 2012
Citadel is a solid enough horror thriller anchored by a strong lead performance and an earnest heart. The second and third acts could have used a polish to punch up some otherwise dull happenings, but the film remains another fine genre offering.
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
March 16, 2012
Another quietly effective horror story from the Emerald Isle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
March 16, 2012
"Citadel" is definitely a strong exercise in voice and mood, and well worth a look for genre fans.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 16, 2012
Especially nerve-wracking for any parent who's ever doubted whether he or she could overcome immobilizing fear and spring into action to defend an endangered offspring. Foy exploits that cruel doubt with ruthless efficiency in this impressive debut.
Chris Knight
National Post
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Film Threat
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John Hazelton
Screen International
January 22, 2013
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