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Surveillance (2009)



Critic Consensus: This dark psycho-thriller from Jennifer Lynch, is violent, sharp and baffling, but not to everyone's taste.

Movie Info

An FBI agent encounters three would-be victims of a serial killer, all of whom have very different stories of their experiences.more
Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and a scene of aberrant sexuality)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jennifer Lynch, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Kent Harper
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 18, 2009
Magnet Releasing - Official Site


Julia Ormond
as Elizabeth Anderson
Bill Pullman
as Sam Hallaway
Pell James
as Bobbi Prescott
Ryan Simpkins
as Stephanie
French Stewart
as Officer Jim Conrad
Kent Harper
as Officer Jack Bennett
Michael Ironside
as Captain Billings
Hugh Dillon
as Dad (Steven)
Gill Gayle
as Officer Degrasso
D.R. Haney
as Drug Dealer
David Gane
as Grocery Man
Shannon Jardine
as Elaine Meyer
Mac Miller
as Johnny
Charlie Newmark
as Officer Wright
Jennifer Miles
as TV Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Surveillance

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (18)

Pullman's striking performance here is undermined by Lynch's overreliance on those same grisly shock tactics, as well as a script that fails to capitalize on a promising premise and then swiftly collapses upon the revelation of a not-so-shocking twist.

Full Review… | July 24, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The film's a failure.

Full Review… | July 24, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

In this long-time-coming sophomore film, Lynch exercises powers of her own. She gets repellant, seductive, sympathetic performances from her actors. Ormond and Pullman are frightfully good at teasing intimacy.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Denver Post
Top Critic

Surveillance suggests 'Jennifer Lynchian' should be used for films that aspire to David's moody, idiosyncratic genius and fall woefully short.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
AV Club
Top Critic

Its mad killers may wear masks. But the real and cheap disguise here is the film's own -- an exploitation shocker trying to pass itself off as art.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The most enjoyable way to watch Surveillance -- 'enjoyable' in the relative sense -- is to take its awfulness for granted and pay attention to everything Bill Pullman does.

Full Review… | July 3, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Surveillance


Wow a decent thriller with a dark slick murder mystery. If i say anything else it could give away the whole mystery. So instead I will just say watch this one.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Two FBI agents question witnesses of a brutal slaying.
As this film began, I thought it was going to be a post-modern Rashomon -- the same story told from multiple perspectives with the post-modern conception that truth is mutable. David Lynch's daughter at the helm only furthered my suspicions. However, the characters' stories merely serve as diving boards for the director's objective reality, so the film has no post-modern twist or any original concept driving it forward. Lynch uses her father's scare tactics, slow shots of looming devilish figures straight out of a Carl Jung handbook for "scary," but these flourishes bore with over-use.
Bill Pullman and Julia Ormond are stolid until the last act, during which they become cartoons. The antics of the police officers and most of the other characters are so outlandish that they defy credulity; even in a small, out-of-the-way town, there's no way these officers could have gotten this far shooting out random travelers' tires and sexually assaulting drivers.
Overall, Lynch proves that she's her father's daughter, but she's without his ideas, which makes her a copycat, a poor excuse for the original.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Brilliant movie, starts off a bit weird but stick with it, it is well worth it.

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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