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Stuck (2008)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 25

Steeped in gallows humor, Stuck is a taut, tense examination of a tragic accident.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 6

Steeped in gallows humor, Stuck is a taut, tense examination of a tragic accident.



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Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon takes the helm for this disturbing tale of a compassionate retirement-home caregiver whose life is turned upside down after a gruesome hit-and-run accident leaves a severely injured homeless man lodged helplessly in her shattered windshield. Despite her repeated promises to take her ailing victim to the hospital, the realization that the accident could destroy both her career and her future finds her uncharacteristically deciding to let the man die a slow death


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

John Strysik

Oct 14, 2008


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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (25) | DVD (8)

Gordon has directed drama, such as Mamet's 'Edmond', but also visceral horror movies like 'Re-Animator'. Elements of both are evident in this taut psychological thriller.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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As the title of this splatter comedy by writer-director Stuart Gordon indicates, he's like a bug stuck to her windshield, and that's about the level of humanity and insight one can expect here.

December 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's a grueling little noirish thriller with slasher-worthy gore.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Stuck gives a boost to the dramatic elements of the story, while preserving the stern lesson about a society crumbling under the weight of self-interest and moral decay.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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You might hope for fiction to bring insight to senseless cruelty, rather than augment the ignominy of the original crime.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Stuck lost me the moment it started going for cheap laughs. Are we really meant to snicker at his suffering and at this awful, awful woman?

July 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Stuck is not only the most entertaining horror flick to hit North American theatres this year, it's arguably the top Canadian shocker of all time.

February 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Darkly funny morality tale for mature gore lovers.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A compact, lurid tabloid item that blows the lid off mundane human insensitivity

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

You could see it all as a darkly bizarre tale that just might be true

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's a shaggy-dog story that spirals into garage Grand Guignol, with Suvari and Rea well-matched in uneasy roles.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Stuck is disturbing in all the right ways, turning an incredible real-life story of human callousness and suffering into a tawdry entertainment that makes guffawing, sociopathic rubbernecks of us all.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Stuart Gordon's low-budget thriller is so compellingly perverse that it transcends its humble premise.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

With a little more ingenuity, a few more evilly funny lines and a more interestingly written role for its female lead, this could have been a minor cult classic.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

While it'll certainly make you wince, Gordon's slapsticky execution and misguided injections of humour serve only to bleed the situation of suspense. What emerges is not so much horror as a grisly farce.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Uninspired by a true story, the first 20 minutes before the collision are entertaining but, after metal hits flesh, you can almost hear the premise creaking as it's stretched to feature length, resulting in some of the dullest moments I can remember.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Bizarre film that remains watchable thanks to strong performances and a decent script, though the tone veers wildly from black comedy to violent thriller via thinly-disguised social commentary and the film never quite comes together as a result.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

disturbing in all the right ways, turning an incredible real-life story of human callousness and suffering into a tawdry entertainment that makes guffawing, sociopathic rubbernecks of us all.

December 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Gordon hits the proverbial ball not only directly out of the park, but also through the windshield of a ... well, maybe I should just start from the beginning.

October 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Dread Central

A simultaneously grisly and magnificent thriller about Tom Bardo (Stephen Rea), a homeless man who gets stuck in a car windshield after a hit-and-run accident.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source:

A fresh and rewarding take on cinematic terror.

August 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It makes for a taut little horror story, in which the 'monster' is not identifiable by horns or fangs.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Stuck

It truly amazes me that they couldn?t come up with a better name at least! Perhaps that?s why this film was free to watch on my rental package.

The idea of Stephen Rea did sound promising and certain parts of the story did appear to look like it was going to be quite a good storyline. There were moments like the impact of the crash (not giving you a spoiler there, that?s what the film is about) that looked really good, but it did start to border on the ridiculous.
February 2, 2010

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Oooh. This is a really gritty and interesting movie about realistic (sickeningly so) villainy. Nothing that happens in this movie is simple, and it would be a crime to describe this movie in terms of the barebones of the plot. Stephen Rea is the victim and Mena Suvari is the culprit, but circumstances complicate the situation. It's an accident that brings the two together, but the accident is made so much worse through Brandi's indecision, worry and inaction. It's really quite harrowing to watch the people in this movie digging thier own grave and sinking deeper in this more. The end though is really satisfying. It couldn't have ended any other way. The less I say, the better. If you were a fan of Hard Candy, you'll like this one. It's very similar in tone, but the events don't have any of the malice. It doesn't keep them from being anything but painful though.
September 20, 2009

Super Reviewer

This movie was terribly difficult to watch.
Not because it was a bad film, but because it felt so raw and real in a way that made the viewer very intentionally uncomfortable.
The gore felt genuine as did the pain.
The choices of our antisocial female lead paired with the odd conscience of her paramour brought tension and conflict effectively combined to the viewer.
We watch the suffering and suffer in turn.
This is a train wreck that is difficult to turn away from and I hope that you are satisfied with the return.
September 1, 2009

Super Reviewer

Very farfetched... I couldn't believe at the beginning it says it is a true story.... wow, they must have really done some improvising with it! Anyhow, despite that, much like the car crash it is based around, I couldn't quite tear my eyes off it OR Mena Suvari' fetching cornrow hairdo (with bald spots because it's too thin to wear in that style!). Very different role for her, and she does pull off being a nasty piece of work with an angelic face extremely well. Decent b-grade straight to dvd, (I assume), thriller.
June 3, 2009

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