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Paranoia (2013)



Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 94

Clichéd and unoriginal, Paranoia is a middling techno-thriller with indifferent performances and a shortage of thrills.


Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 30

Clichéd and unoriginal, Paranoia is a middling techno-thriller with indifferent performances and a shortage of thrills.



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In this high-stakes thriller, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a regular guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Corporation. But after one costly mistake, Adam's ruthless CEO, Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), forces him to spy on corporate rival, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), Wyatt's old mentor. Adam soon finds himself occupying the corner office and living the life of his dreams. However, behind the scenes, he is simply a pawn in Wyatt's corporate game and realizes he must


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Jason Dean Hall, Joseph Finder

Nov 19, 2013


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All Critics (99) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (94)

There's nothing wrong with Paranoia that a stronger director, livelier leading actors and several hundred fewer narrative conveniences wouldn't cure.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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This is a film at odds with itself, wanting to be a 99 percenter rallying cry but wallowing in and fetishizing 1 percenter accoutrement at every turn.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Paranoia, a ho-hum thriller about corporate spying in the high-tech world, comes off as a lot more preposterous than paranoid, and it takes no more than a few frames for the eye rolling to commence.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Corporate thrillers just aren't what they used to be.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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In a movie about a new generation's hunger to topple the old guard, pretty boy Hemsworth is outclassed by his veteran costars, who get more mileage from baring their teeth than he does baring his chest.

August 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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The movie doesn't make a whole lot of sense and, when it does, it would be better off not doing so.

August 18, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Paranoia is professional in every way, but there's no pulse to it. It is entirely adequate, livened up only by a few supporting turns.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: HitFix

It's a premise that stands or falls on the tense fate of a charismatic lead and dialogue that does not clang right off the screen; a woeful lack of both ensures Paranoia more than falls -- it collapses.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It's rather a slight affair.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's slickly directed by Robert Luketic even though it's all pretty unbelievable. But in fact I rather enjoyed it.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

A couple of business rivals trying to steal each other's cell phone secrets is just not that gripping to watch unfold, especially when it's anchored by such a dull protagonist.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

[A] garbage movie.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source:

Even as a straight-to-DVD release, this would fail to pass muster.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

The twists aren't surprising, the perils feel artificial, and even Hemsworth's chest gets a little ho-hum after a while.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source:

Ford gives it the old college try and it's decently paced but it's not enough to elevate it from the muck and mire of a boring script made by an unimaginative director.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

A movie as generic and forgettable as Paranoia deserves a title as generic and forgettable as Paranoia.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The bland leading man, lack of suspense and tedious panoramic shots of New York create feelings of inertia rather than paranoia.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The script conveniently leaps from one face-slapping coincidence to the next without as much as a knowing wink to the viewer (a gesture which might have helped these laughable proceedings no end).

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

A far-fetched thriller that manages to feel generic in spite of its fairly novel setting in the world of high tech corporate espionage.

July 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Gary Oldman's gor-blimey Cockney accent and Harrison Ford's scarily short buzz cut are the most striking features of this disappointingly routine corporate espionage thriller.

March 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

With a strong cast and striking production values, this thriller is sleek enough to hold our interest even if corporate espionage isn't a very exciting topic for the movies.

March 7, 2014 Full Review Source:

Offers nothing by way of suspense, intrigue, or characters who rise even a little bit above the yawningly bland.

March 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Paranoia

It felt like a rehash of 2001's Antitrust.
February 12, 2014

Super Reviewer

This movie is certainly carried through by Oldman and Ford. Without them it would have been a slow bore of a movie.
January 9, 2014
Film Crazy

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Crowded with A-List actors who work pretty much to their best potential, "Paranoia" is sure to be the hit of the century am I right? Hell no, and let me please explain why. Adam (Liam Hemsworth) is fired after a "disappointing" pitch to the company about a new cellular device. He is then brought back to scam a rival company, whom just happens to have a girl who he knows and likes on board. Everything spirals out of control of course and everyone begins to hate each other. The premise is already stale enough and the script is pretty bad too. Although the actors give it their all, I will never recommend this film to anyone, because it is the most predicable piece of streamline crap out there. With choppy editing, and odd camera movements, this feels more like a hyperkinetic Music Video rather than a feature film. Most of the time I was shaking my head in disappointment wishing there was more to this film, but in the end, I just didn't care about it at all. "Paranoia" is sadly one of the worst of 2013!
December 8, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


"Paranoia" is a technology corporation thriller, that lacks the most important thing in a thriller, thrills. Liam Hemsworth stars as a down on his luck corporate guppie who finds himself in the cross hairs of a war between Tec companies headed by Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman. Now those two are usually awesome, and they each have good moments here. But really, they don't add much, if anything to it. Hemsworth is very wooden, and one of those actors where he is more eye candy for the girls than anything. Is it worth a watch? Eh, if it's a redbox rental or on Netflix, sure. But worth any substantial money? No, not really. This could have been worse, but really it should have been so much better.
December 3, 2013
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

    1. Nicholas Wyatt: A burned BMW is what I hear all the hype is about. Apparently a cool story behind the BW burned BMW!
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