Civic Duty Reviews

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David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
October 8, 2007
If we can ignore the plot's too-often dips into cliché, we just might walk away with a lot on our minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 30, 2007
Terrorism can make you crazy. Or more accurately, U.S. media hype about terrorism can drive you to believe.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 21, 2007
A flawed but worthwhile examination of paranoia and clashing cultures in the 21st century.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007
Andrew Joiner's clever and layered screenplay just may be one of the best of the year, particularly as it requires thought and may even spark debate.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
May 7, 2007
Krause and his character are the entire movie. Watching him fall apart is fascinating and the ending has a particularly nice, if expected, twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 5, 2007
There's the faint air of a solid cable movie about Civic Duty...but the questions it raises are provocative enough to make it worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
May 5, 2007
Until it becomes simply a hostage dilemma, the film maintains an uneasy air of mystery and suspicion.
Pete Hammond
Maxim
May 5, 2007
An intense and startling movie for our times. It hits you right between the eyes.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
May 5, 2007
A claustrophobic setting and the paranoid concerns of a modern world make Jeff Renfroe's "Civic Duty" an effective psychological thriller.

Bullz-Eye.com
May 5, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
May 5, 2007
It does build up considerable suspense and tension; Renfroe has learned well from Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
May 5, 2007
The film's pace lags toward the end, but its grasp of manufactured fear's dreary pervasiveness never falters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 4, 2007
A sharp 9/11 twist on Rear Window paranoia, Civic Duty is all the more effective for its chilling plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 4, 2007
Civic Duty sends you home depressed, but at least it makes you think. It's a breed of film that's rare to find on the summer movie slate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 4, 2007
Though Civic Duty seems to be a study in paranoid psychosis, it has just enough ambiguity to make you wonder if it isn't something else. You'll still be wondering when it's all over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
May 4, 2007
Canadian director Jeff Renfroe has made a lurid, tense film about an incident-in-the-making that fairly crackles with the inevitability of its events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
May 4, 2007
If Mr. Krause weren't so good at making his psychotic break with reality (or was it?) so steadily, plausibly convincing, the movie would be unwatchable. Instead, it's a disturbing diary of one man's descent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mary F. Pols
Contra Costa Times
May 4, 2007
Civic Duty does engage and get your pulse racing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 4, 2007
This little paranoid thriller...does a superb job exploring how middle class feelings of entitlement to the American Dream are reflected in post 9/11 racial stereotyping.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jim Hemphill
Reel.com
May 4, 2007
A provocative, unsettling tale about a powerful nation on the defensive.
| Original Score: 3/4
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November 18, 2011
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November 17, 2011
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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