It plays as cut-price Le Carré; a recording of a recording of superior films. The picture is fuzzy, and the plot becomes garbled.
| Original Score: 2/5
John Crowley emails in his directing: "Get actor A to say his line, then get actor B to say hers."
Let down by clunky dialogue, plodding direction, a stultifyingly dull performance from Eric Bana and a lack of chemistry between the two leads.
Paranoia reigns on the streets of London in this drab, noir-tinged slog with Rebecca Hall and Eric Bana.
| Original Score: 1/5
It's a slow-burning, well-acted thriller that's only really let down in its third act: an unsatisfyingly limp denouement that fails to convey what's at stake with any sort of suspense.
| Original Score: 3/5
Plot black holes quickly emerge and start to suck all believability out of the film.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ultimately, the far-fetched plot is its undoing, crippling what could have been a compelling insight into the dirty works of the security services without recourse to over-familiar action setpieces.
It's too plodding to work as a paranoid thriller and too ham-fisted to work as anything deeper...
Ropey performances, join-the-dots plotting and nail-shreddingly awful dialogue.
With Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things, screenwriter Steven Knight has proved his ear for London's darker rhythms. Here, though, there's little to raise the pulse.
Tangled plot short-circuits Closed Circuit
'Closed Circuit' is an enjoyable, rather quiet British thriller with no pyrotechnics or superheroes. Instead, it's more of a courtroom drama about politics and cover-ups.
| Original Score: 3/4
Part of the film's problem is that the emotional core of the story comes with its own case of closed-circuitry. But, don't get me wrong -- it's not a total miss.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A lot of classy talent is involved--and so expectedly on point are their efforts that one almost overlooks the overall rote and mechanical workings.
Subdued yet suspenseful, a timely conspiracy thriller.
| Original Score: 7/10
Pretty solid in an old-fashioned sense, a movie committed to refined, quality storytelling without a whole lot of extra heft.
A dreary and derivative thriller that is nowhere near as smart or controversial as it clearly believes itself to be.
| Original Score: 2/4
In its best moments, Closed Circuit evokes '70s paranoid classics like Three Days of the Condor but without anything particularly new or unique to add on to the old cynical story of how power corrupts.
| Original Score: C+
Three Days of the Condor showed us why we shouldn't trust the government nearly forty years ago, and it still feels fresher and more relevant than this film.
| Original Score: C-
Provocative yet muddled, it's a character-driven thriller with more talk than action.