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Citadel Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

A familiar story of sinister creature frights and psychological horror gets a little boost from a gloomy mood of urban decay and isolation.

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

September 30, 2013
Lewis Porteous
The Skinny

The film's pretty repugnant if taken as social commentary, but plays with contemporary fears and anxieties incredibly effectively.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 3/5

July 15, 2013
Henry Barnes

Foy's talent lies in suggesting horror, not delivering it.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

July 11, 2013
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

July 10, 2013
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

July 9, 2013
Tara Brady
Irish Times

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 Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2013
Rosie Fletcher
Total Film

A gritty sister to Philip Ridley's Heartless, this is similarly flawed but full of flair.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 18, 2013
Chris Knight
National Post

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 22, 2013

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 22, 2013
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a basic story, simply and directly told by Irish writer-director Ciaran Foy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 6, 2012
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

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 Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3/4

November 30, 2012
Rob Vaux

A compelling inner city nightmare, with the supernatural elements barely masking a very real scenario.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B

November 16, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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A bare-bones man-against-his-worst-fears white knuckler, shot through deep, menacing shadows.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

November 15, 2012
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

[Aneurin Barnard] gives one of the most compelling and powerful performances I've seen this year.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 8/10

November 9, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Has an atavistic pulse, evoking a decaying society where elevators fail and bus drivers cower behind mesh grills.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 8, 2012
William Goss
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Just tense enough for just long enough to keep potentially nagging disbelief at bay.

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November 7, 2012
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Citadel is stripped down and no-nonsense, fixating on Tommy's emotional and psychological struggles with an intensity that's harrowing.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2012
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

This taut thriller wrings maximum suspense from all-too ordinary, real-life terrors while gradually edging into full-blown horror territory.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

October 19, 2012
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

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.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects

March 21, 2012
Scott Weinberg

Another quietly effective horror story from the Emerald Isle.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 4/5

March 16, 2012
John Hazelton
Screen International
January 22, 2013
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
January 22, 2013
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