• Disturbia
    3 minutes 35 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008

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Disturbia Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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You'll jump as if you've had electrodes attached to your sensitive parts; but when your nerve endings stop tingling, your brain won't remember a thing.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

June 23, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is a cool little thriller with some big scares and fine performances.

April 16, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Closing on a surprisingly prudish, prosurveillance note, you don't have to wonder if lessons have been learned. Downloaded, maybe. Not learned.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

April 14, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Offsetting the chilly voyeurism is a viable teen romance and an appealing sense of humor. Though there are occasional lapses in logic, Disturbia is consistently suspenseful and entertainingly disturbing.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2007
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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While Disturbia does nothing to advance or honour Hitchcock, the movie succeeds on its modest terms.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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For the most part a taut, careful thriller that emphasizes suspense over blood and gore.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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Caruso, a very visual director, serves up some surprises and scares, and he's paced his movie briskly. You're out of this disturbing suburbia before you know it, shaken and even stirred.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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A surprisingly competent film, Disturbia lives up to its title. It's rare to find a decent film turn up in the dead of April, traditionally Hollywood's dump month for shelved oddities.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Director D.J. Caruso relies entirely too much on clichéd shock cuts and keeps pulling back every time the flick seems to be settling into anything close to a creepy mood.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 13, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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What Disturbia lacks in complexity, it makes up for in witty jokes, sneaky jolts and a timeless lesson: If you've got windows, someone's always watching.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Despite the foolishness, and despite the patent knockoffs of Rear Window and American Beauty, Disturbia is a likable little thriller.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 13, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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A one-dimensional thriller, albeit one more stylish than the ones churned out for the older teen-early 20s demographic.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 13, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Reasonably smart and sometimes funny -- right up until the end, when it sells out its intelligence in favor of a standard-issue dose of overwrought violence.

| Original Score: C+

April 13, 2007
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Disturbia will have young people on the edge of their seat, cringing and thinking at the same time.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 13, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Every piece of the story is jammed predictably into place. Kale sees the cute girl next door; the cute girl comes over. Kale sees the killer next door; the killer comes over.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

April 13, 2007
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Instead of manufacturing elaborate, ridiculous plot twists or imposing overwrought psychological melodrama on a basically absurd premise [director] Caruso and the screenwriters opt for efficient, clever B-movie execution.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

April 13, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The most disturbious part of Disturbia is how engaging this teenage thriller manages to be, even though it's a shameless rip-off of Rear Window.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 12, 2007
Dennis Lim
Los Angeles Times
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Has nowhere near the conceptual sophistication of Rear Window, where the protagonist's absorption in what he's watching mirrors the viewer's. The problem with Disturbia is that for most of the film you'll wish you weren't watching at all.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 12, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The chills are genuine. And there's something very rewarding about sitting through a new version of a movie any film buff knows by heart.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

April 12, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Filled with both youthful angst and innocent energy, which makes for more interesting contrasts than you might expect in a slasher-next-door flick.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

April 12, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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[The main characters] come across as tremendously industrious and likable. They know that, for all its dangers, they are living out a teen fantasy: Spying on adults in order to get the goods on them.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

April 12, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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The proceedings devolve into standard horror-movie effects and minimal motivations. [And] Hitchcock's original never had to resort to thunder and lightning to goose up the suspense.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 12, 2007
John Maynard
Washington Post
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The film quickly shifts from a clever homage to Rear Window to a bad parody of The Silence of the Lambs.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 12, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Like Rear Window before it, Disturbia is sly and suspenseful and full of mounting dread.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2007
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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OK, so Rear Window was better plotted and more richly apportioned than this update. And so what if you can see every plot twist bearing down like a rush-hour commuter express? Disturbia still boasts a scrappy charm.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 12, 2007
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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There isn't much in the way of surprise plot twists. But the predictability is offset by the movie's energy.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 12, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Comparisons [to Rear Window] are probably something the makers of Disturbia don't want us to make, since Disturbia, for all its glitz and gadgets, is markedly inferior in everything but teen appeal.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

April 12, 2007
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A lot of the movie works because LaBeouf is becoming a soulful, intelligent presence on-screen.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B

April 12, 2007
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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Director D.J. Caruso takes a lot of time to develop the characters. That works to the film's advantage because the viewer winds up invested in their fate.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 12, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Disturbia, unlike Hitchcock's masterpiece of urban-courtyard fishbowl voyeurism, is a Rear Window that never bothers to peer into more than one window.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

April 11, 2007
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Disturbia is disturbingly contemporary in its celebration of the technology that can make us all potential victims of the full-time snoops among us.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

April 11, 2007
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The gifted and resourceful Mr. LaBoeuf is a young actor worth keeping an eye on, and director Caruso mounts a neat sense of suspense with tight camera angles and judicious, fast-paced editing.

April 11, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The filmmakers' belief that modern audiences will only respond to noisy, inarticulate endings dooms this movie to a last act that devalues, rather than elevates, it.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 11, 2007
David Germain
Associated Press
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Part of the filmmakers' point is that any old nutcase might be lurking behind the drawn curtains of the house next to you in just such an anonymous locale. Still makes for a mighty limiting, boring place to set a movie, though.

April 10, 2007
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Ironically, Disturbia's a thriller that doesn't want to bother you.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 10, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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One way you know that D.J. Caruso is a resourceful director is that he scares you silly with a minimum of violence and a few smears of blood.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

April 9, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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No sense kicking this thriller for plot holes and lapses in logic when the action, suspense and flirty sex come at such a lively clip.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 5, 2007
Justin Chang
Variety
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A modest but squirmingly fun suspenser that brings Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window into the era of vidcams and cell phones, serving up hearty, youth-skewing portions of PG-13 violence and bikini-bait along the way.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 24, 2007
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
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Rear Window meets the iTunes era in fun, slick suspense pic.

March 13, 2007
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