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Identity (2003)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 170
Fresh: 105 | Rotten: 65

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


Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 16

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



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Ten strangers are brought together during a weather emergency, only to discover a far greater danger awaits them in this suspense-drama. A sudden rainstorm in a remote desert town strands a disparate variety of people at a rundown motel. A convict sentenced to death, Malcolm Rivers (Pruitt Taylor Vince), is stuck in transit with his lawyer (Alfred Molina). Ginny and Lou (Clea DuVall and William Lee Scott) are a not-especially-happy pair of young marrieds on their honeymoon. Ed (John Cusack) is a


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Michael Cooney

Sep 6, 2005


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All Critics (185) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (105) | Rotten (65) | DVD (34)

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

May 16, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Observer | Comments (2)
New York Observer
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A nihilist project in Usual Suspects mode: Nothing is as it seems, because nothing matters in the least.

April 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (3)
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[A] very well made horror thriller.

April 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Assorted examples of artificially flavoured humanity ... proceed to panic, bicker and run with the customary perversity that characters in situations like this do toward their gory destinies.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Deserves credit for at least trying something fresh in the psychological-thriller realm, and for the mood of goofball creepiness it creates.

April 25, 2003
Seattle Times
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More than an entertaining thriller. It's a highly original one.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: 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.

June 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Info
Daily Info

Scary beyond belief serial killer thriller.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
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.

September 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

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

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

An ingenious thriller molded from Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None". The film's incredibly entertaining even with the measurably predictable twist.

August 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

With a top notch cast, wonderful direction, and a great play on an old premise, Identity is a must-see.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

... every predictable move comes unraveled again with an uncanny discovery.

September 20, 2004
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

'Uno de los mejores thrillers realizados en los últimos diez años, por lo que sería un verdadero crimen perdérselo.'

July 20, 2004

Mangold needs to feel he's wowing us instead of just entertaining us; amid the confusion, the really scary moments pass you by.

July 6, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

The characters are mostly slices of a whodunit pie, and once the real revelation that spins the story around happens, there isn't much reason to care about them anymore.

April 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

One of the most engaging experiences you will have at the movies, it is a taut and intelligent hybrid of a thriller that has as many effective ideas as a mind has brain cells.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

... Identity is a rarity: a good movie made better by a twist you won't see coming.

January 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

a solid thriller - until it implodes. It gives you a savory first course, then rudely dumps seconds on your plate, even though you've already lost your appetite.

November 16, 2003 Full Review Source:

"Identity" makes for a good rainy-night rental.

September 18, 2003 Full Review

Mangold stretches the pathology parameters into something a bit more depraved and decidedly bloodier, with even a touch of the supernatural. Or does he?

September 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Long Island Press | Comment (1)
Long Island Press

Algunas risas e insultos que se escucharon en la sala no me dejan mentir: Identidad es, llanamente, una decepción. Te promete que tu estadía en el motel va a ser cinco estrellas, y al final ni siquiera había motel.

September 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Highly compelling, until the story's major revelation makes you feel totally cheated.

September 9, 2003
Radio Free Entertainment

Agatha Christie certamente ficaria orgulhosa deste seu 'filhote'.

August 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Here is a movie that's so good - so juicy in the dark secrets it keeps - that all I really want to say is to see it right now knowing as little about it as possible.

August 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

Audience Reviews for Identity

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.
July 13, 2014
Dan Schultz

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September 5, 2013
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I got a kick outta this zen twisting on A.Christie's"Ten Little Indians" that kept me suspensefully engaged ... until the mandatory final twist that was lame-o. Nonetheless good stuff until then.
May 10, 2013

Super Reviewer

    1. Malcolm Rivers: As I was going up the stairs, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today. I wish, I wish he'd go away.
    – Submitted by Susan T (3 years ago)
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