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Civic Duty Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Not even Richard Schiff's droll underplaying as the drollest underplayer in the FBI can make dramatic sense of Civic Duty.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 4, 2007
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Civic Duty is ultimately less psychological thriller than polemic...

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: C+

May 3, 2007
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

mostly suffers from overwriting

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 2/5

October 16, 2007
Jan Stuart
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Asks the piercing question: does the terrorist lurk within us? In actuality, it's a question worth exploring, but not one that this bombastic and silly thriller is prepared to answer in any dramatically sustainable fashion.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 3, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Dig deep down into some bad movies and you occasionally find a good idea at the center. Civic Duty isn't one of those movies.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 4, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Peter Krause, the fine actor from Six Feet Under, gives a one-note performance that seriously undermines Civic Duty

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 4, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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As thoughtful as it means to be -- its agenda is outlined by on-the-nose dialogue from its characters -- Civic Duty does little to go beyond this premise.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 4, 2007
Chris Cabin

laughable and immature

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 3, 2007
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

"Rear Window" updated to post 9-11 corporate downsizing has too many mixed messages to convey the simple fear of a classic thriller.

| Original Score: 5/10

May 6, 2007
Scott Collura
IGN Movies

Eventually it all boils down to cliché, with home invasions by Terry, physical confrontations between Terry and Gabe, a hostage situation, a main character getting gunned down, and all the other standard thriller tropes that might excite the kind of audie

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 1.5/5

June 22, 2007
Justin Chang
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The well-structured scenario is arresting but ill-served by an overly fussy visual treatment from helmer Jeff Renfroe.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 12, 2006
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor

The film's anti-Islamic tone, intended to show Terry's frame of mind, detracts from whatever helpful message the filmmakers may have hoped to impart.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

May 3, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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The vivid sense of time and place is the best thing about the initially promising, ultimately irritating psychological thriller Civic Duty.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

May 4, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Echoes of Rear Window abound, but any audience sympathy for the self-appointed detective is thwarted by Krause's typically sulky performance.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 4, 2007
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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With nowhere for any of the characters to go, literally, the story becomes a tendentious exercise in belaboring a point.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 4, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Canadian director Jeff Renfroe builds only off-the-shelf suspense as Terry's suspicions increase.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2007
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Once the story's events reach a climactic pitch, the film stagnates in place for too long and loses momentum.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 4, 2007
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine

It's an ineptly put-together concoction that, despite its political musings, offers nothing new to the viewer.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

May 4, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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It begins by swiping a premise and concludes with an attempted robbery of our principles, pretending that today's world is too confusing for us to know whether to cheer for George Bush or to march with Michael Moore.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 4, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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The filmmakers aren't able to pull it off but deserve credit for their attempt to be thought-provoking.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 4, 2007
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

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November 18, 2011
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