Citadel Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 30, 2013
A familiar story of sinister creature frights and psychological horror gets a little boost from a gloomy mood of urban decay and isolation.
Lewis Porteous
The Skinny
July 15, 2013
The film's pretty repugnant if taken as social commentary, but plays with contemporary fears and anxieties incredibly effectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Barnes
Guardian
July 11, 2013
Foy's talent lies in suggesting horror, not delivering it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
July 10, 2013
A lean and mean horror set in a shattered city that is both all-to-recognisable as broken Britain while also feeling totally alien.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 9, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
June 21, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rosie Fletcher
Total Film
February 18, 2013
A gritty sister to Philip Ridley's Heartless, this is similarly flawed but full of flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 6, 2012
This is a basic story, simply and directly told by Irish writer-director Ciaran Foy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
November 30, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
November 16, 2012
A compelling inner city nightmare, with the supernatural elements barely masking a very real scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
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+
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
William Goss
Film.com
November 7, 2012
Just tense enough for just long enough to keep potentially nagging disbelief at bay.
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.
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
John Hazelton
Screen International
January 22, 2013
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
January 22, 2013
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