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Identity (2003)



Critic Consensus: Identity is a film that will divide audiences -- the twists of its plot will either impress or exasperate you.

Movie Info

James Mangold directs the mysterious psychological thriller Identity, written by horror screenwriter Michael Cooney. On a clichéd dark and stormy night on a Nevada highway, George (John C. McGinley), his badly injured wife, Alice (Leila Kenzle), and son Timothy (Bret Loehr) check into a shabby roadside motel run by manager Larry (John Hawkes). Also at the motel is a limo driver, Ed (John Cusack), on his way to taking actress Caroline Suzanne (Rebecca De Mornay) to Los Angeles. The ten-room motel also houses the prostitute Paris (Amanda Peet), newlywed couple Ginny (Clea DuVall) and Lou (William Lee Scott), and Detective Rhodes (Ray Liotta), with prisoner Robert Maine (Jake Busey) in tow. The severe rainstorm has washed out the road and intermittently cut off the phones and electricity while a series of gruesome events take place, killing off the motel guests one by one. In a parallel narrative, psychiatrist (Alfred Molina) defends his client Malcolm Rivers (Pruitt Taylor Vince), who is scheduled for execution the next day.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Cooney
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 6, 2005
Box Office: $51.5M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


Ray Liotta
as Rhodes
John C. McGinley
as George York
Jake Busey
as Robert Maine
Rebecca De Mornay
as Caroline Suzanne
Leila Kenzle
as Alice York
Bret Loehr
as Timmy York
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Malcolm Rivers
Carmen Argenziano
as Defense Lawyer
Marshall Bell
as District Attorney
Matt Letscher
as Assistant District A...
Frederick Coffin
as Detective Varole
Joe Hart
as Bailiff Jenkins
Michael Hirsch
as Naked Businessman
Stuart M. Besser
as Frozen Body
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Critic Reviews for Identity

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (40)

A lame-brained nut job in search of an identity of its own.

Full Review… | May 16, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

My eyeballs were doing some serious rolling of their own at the general ineptitude of this failed mating of Friday the 13th and Ten Little Indians.

Full Review… | February 9, 2014
Georgia Straight

the central twist which unifies all the film's elements is so ingenious and unusual that recognising the killer ends up being just one small part of this film's multi-faceted identity.

Full Review… | June 11, 2013
Daily Info

Scary beyond belief serial killer thriller.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

A good cast is enacting this fancy rubbish; what drew them to the material besides its self-conscious cleverness is beyond me.

Full Review… | September 24, 2007

The cast is game, the twists are clever, the writing is tight.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for Identity

This is how thriller should be, Good suspense, good story, nice twists!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

An intriguing, tense and solidly structured thriller centered on a mystery that is pretty well developed - even if it cannot escape the clichés of the genre -, but what makes it stand out is how it turns out to be much more intelligent than it seems despite its flaws and absurdities.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

An entertaining, if heavily problematic, exercise in the same universe as "The Usual Suspects" concerning a group of strangers, who seemingly have no connection with one another, stranded at a motel during a dark, rainy night, before one by one they begin to get mysteriously killed. On first watch of this film a few years back, I thought it was a little lame. However, after revisiting it, I have to say it's a tad better than what I had remembered. Notably, the acting raises this movie above "bad" status, thanks mainly to the always dependable John Cusack sweeping in for the rescue. The twists and turns (including one big mega super duper ultra twist) are well executed, although there are certainly more than one plot hole that one can discover rather easily. Still, for being a short little thriller, it conjures up enough atmosphere and curiosity in these characters to make you wonder what is going to happen next. Far from perfect, but also not terrible.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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