A creepy number, half suspense drama and half brooding character study, with a strong dash of local flavor and a low-budget feel.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Karpovsky's pic seldom surprises, its strengths lying in a leisurely journey toward a clearly predestined denouement.
One can only watch so many shots of the daily goings-on in a research facility without tuning out a bit.
| Original Score: 2/4
Immediately put me in mind of the classic slow burn of vintage thrillers like Fritz Lang's "M" and Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom"...
It's dragged down by non-scene after non-scene, and filmmaking choices that don't earn their keep.
| Original Score: 2/5
Both the mystery and the character piece wind up feeling incomplete.
| Original Score: 5.5/10
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.
It's like a homicide thriller directed by Todd Solondz.
| Original Score: B
You can see genuine talent poking through the festival-circuit tedium; hopefully Karpovsky's better instincts will win out next time.
| Original Score: 3/5
Unsettling [and] tough-minded ...
Tale of romantic obsession trades nail-biting suspense for credible realism.