Rubberneck Reviews

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Robert Levin
amNewYork
March 1, 2013

Alex Karpovsky's performance digs out the character's menacing, damaged and sympathetic qualities in equal measure.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
February 28, 2013

A disturbing and deceptively subtle psychological thriller ...

Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
February 28, 2013

A creepy number, half suspense drama and half brooding character study, with a strong dash of local flavor and a low-budget feel.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
Top Critic
February 25, 2013

Karpovsky's pic seldom surprises, its strengths lying in a leisurely journey toward a clearly predestined denouement.

Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
Top Critic
February 21, 2013

Immediately put me in mind of the classic slow burn of vintage thrillers like Fritz Lang's "M" and Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom"...

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
February 20, 2013

It's like a homicide thriller directed by Todd Solondz.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
Top Critic
February 19, 2013

Unsettling [and] tough-minded ...

Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 19, 2013

Boston-area actor-writer-director Alex Karpovsky creates an original story of obsession, delusion and murder that is fresh and well made.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
February 19, 2013

Although it's initially jarring to see Karpovsky tackle overly serious material both behind and in front of the camera, "Rubberneck" has more in common with the growing Karpovsky oeuvre than it may appear -- and even inadvertently critiques it.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
February 18, 2013

With Hitchcockian self-assurance, Karpovsky is able to inject an element of surprise and uncertainty even into the film's final moments.

Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 15, 2013

...this is impressive filmmaking, especially from a filmmaker who also delivers a complex, sympathetic performance despite his character's unsettling characteristics.

Full Review | Original Score: B
John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
April 27, 2012

Tale of romantic obsession trades nail-biting suspense for credible realism.

Sara Stewart
New York Post
Top Critic
February 22, 2013

One can only watch so many shots of the daily goings-on in a research facility without tuning out a bit.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
February 22, 2013

"Rubberneck" charts Paul's mental deterioration, the tension stretched well beyond his breaking point and my patience.

Full Review | Original Score: **
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
Top Critic
February 21, 2013

It's dragged down by non-scene after non-scene, and filmmaking choices that don't earn their keep.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ian Buckwalter
NPR
Top Critic
February 21, 2013

Both the mystery and the character piece wind up feeling incomplete.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
February 21, 2013

The film works better as an uncomfortable character drama than as a murky family mystery, which Karpovsky deepens with some psychobabble. Still, a nicely sinister and shuddersome effort.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Tobias
AV Club
Top Critic
February 21, 2013

Rubberneck feels more like an attempt to pull off a psychological thriller than a credible example of same, as if it were a sample reel for some future project.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
Top Critic
February 20, 2013

You can see genuine talent poking through the festival-circuit tedium; hopefully Karpovsky's better instincts will win out next time.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
February 17, 2013

The film takes on high-concept ideas that it can't sustain, and which only make its other problems more obvious.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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