Paranoia Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 23, 2014
There's nothing wrong with Paranoia that a stronger director, livelier leading actors and several hundred fewer narrative conveniences wouldn't cure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
July 23, 2014
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.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
July 23, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 23, 2014
Corporate thrillers just aren't what they used to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 29, 2013
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 18, 2013
The movie doesn't make a whole lot of sense and, when it does, it would be better off not doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Schager
Time Out
August 16, 2013
Fixates on the perils and panic of our modern surveillance culture while itself proving to be borderline unwatchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 16, 2013
You watch it and, despite all the au courant techno geekery on display, you feel like you've stepped into a time capsule. It's a nice feeling at first. If only the movie were better.
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
August 16, 2013
You're not paranoid -- it really is bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 16, 2013
"Paranoia" is too sloppy and slack to inspire tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
August 16, 2013
Paranoia? More like déjà vu.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
August 16, 2013
While Paranoia has been cast with some top-notch actors, the problem here is a lack of oomph both in the script, adapted from Joseph Finder's novel, and the pretty lame direction by Robert Luketic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew Barker
Variety
August 16, 2013
Director Robert Luketic's thriller Paranoia has a host of problems, but the biggest seems to be that no one in it is nearly paranoid enough.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
August 16, 2013
Slick but muddled thriller about corporate espionage never gets our pulse pounding.
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William Goss
Film.com
August 16, 2013
There's much sprinting and keyboard-clacking for an audience that might feasibly value the sight of either over the presence of genuine invention or suspense.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
August 16, 2013
The film is all thunderous clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 16, 2013
Why blaze new trails when the old ones are so well-marked? This one is essentially "The Firm" with smartphones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 16, 2013
"Paranoia" is a plug-and-play Hollywood thriller, not the best the genre has to offer but hardly the worst.
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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post
August 15, 2013
Screenwriters Jason Dean Hall and Barry Levy swipe plot twists from the film adaptations of best-selling author John Grisham's novels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
August 15, 2013
It's tension free and as a result, forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 15, 2013
In critical ways the movie feels both out of date and out of touch.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
August 15, 2013
Were it the sum of its formidable parts, Paranoia might give good movies an inferiority complex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
August 15, 2013
Did Harrison Ford hope the shorn look would give his high-tech mogul Jock Goddard some edge? He certainly needed something to.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 15, 2013
What it lacks is even an iota of originality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 15, 2013
"Paranoia's" twitchiness is like an actual twitch: it's contrived and clunky, and you forget it in an instant.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
August 15, 2013
"Paranoia" is ostensibly a thriller, but there's nothing remotely thrilling about it. The slick, plodding bore is as exciting as watching somebody else tap out text messages.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 15, 2013
I smiled twice during Paranoia. Both times when Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman had scenes together and hammed it up like pros in hog heaven.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 15, 2013
There's too much here that doesn't ring true or make any sense beyond script convenience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 15, 2013
As a post-financial-crisis movie, Paranoia is muddled at best, wagging its finger at Hemsworth's ambitious bridge-and-tunnel type while fetishizing the life of luxury he cheats his way into.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 9, 2013
Its twists are either predictable or improbable, and its double-crosses are so inert they're more like crosses-and-a-half.