The Lookout Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 9, 2014
Strip away the head-trauma hero, and you're left with a white-trash heist film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Frank has cooked up an interesting moral dilemma for a character ill-equipped to deal with one. Chris has made one big mistake. Is he up for another?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
First-time director Scott Frank, who penned Out of Sight and Minority Report, shapes some sharp noirish notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
The best young actor in movies today may well be Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
The vast majority of his veteran contemporaries should be so lucky as to have their best dramas be as engrossing as Frank's first.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
October 18, 2008
Lookout for this one and grab it.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Maybe in 10 more years we'll be saying how weird it is that Gordon-Levitt used to play all those parts requiring him to crouch in corners taking other people's abuse. We should cross our fingers and put in a request for romantic comedy now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Holcomb
Beyond Hollywood
April 18, 2008
Most noirs are coming of age stories where an innocent learns how vicious and cruel the world can be. Only he usually learns it while a hunk of hot lead burns in his gut.
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 2, 2008
Strong performances fill this terrific crime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 21, 2008
A perfect little movie about flawed characters.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 2, 2008
Solid, if somewhat derivative filmmaking. A quiet thriller with some great performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
Certain scenes feel too glib and stagey, as though they've been doused with pop video gloss - particularly the snow, which surely had its own assistant, make-up artist and trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
November 3, 2007
Engaging, smartly directed thriller with fantastic performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels, though the script commits a couple of glaring errors along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 2, 2007
The Lookout is a well made psychological thriller which only disappoints with its ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
November 2, 2007
Full of memorable dialogue and sharp performances, it's let down only by its perfunctory climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 2, 2007
A cracking armed-robbery thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
November 2, 2007
The film describes emotional and moral rehabilitation in the face of extreme danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
November 2, 2007
The Lookout drags itself into four star territory thanks to the startling turn from Gordon-Levitt - a name to, ahem, look out for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
November 2, 2007
An ingenious heist drama that views its familiar noir elements from an unexpected angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
November 1, 2007
Retooling Memento with a hip young cast, Frank's debut feature steeps its familiar elements in graveyard humour and indie cool. Plot quibbles aside, the result both grips and moves; it'll be your lookout if you miss it...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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