Surveillance Reviews

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Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 13, 2011
This strange thriller mixes a penchant for grittiness with the surreal and very very dark stylings of David Lynch, who happens to be the father of the director...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Mendelson
Film Threat
October 22, 2009
The characters do not stand out, the drama is not compelling, and the screenplay is light on even remotely interesting dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
September 30, 2009
It is staggering to think that a film could be so horrifically nihilistic and so painfully boring at the same time, but Lynch has done it.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 18, 2009
[S]low-boil sinister, delivering the kind of simmering menace that few films can bother to take the time for these days...
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
August 18, 2009
The pacing is so slow, you just want to yell out at the screen, "get on with it."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
August 17, 2009
Jennifer is no David Lynch and her film, while inventive and quirky and at time quite devious, misses the organic alchemy of his films.
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 8, 2009
Some will be unable to appreciate the movie's savagery on any level. Others will find it affecting and uncompromising, the kind of movie that plunges you into a nightmare and ratchets up the intensity until you're grateful for a moment's respite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 24, 2009
A festival of carnage that's sometimes funny and sometimes waaay over the line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
July 24, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
July 24, 2009
The film's a failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
July 10, 2009
Surveillance is a respectable murder mystery until its contrived 'big reveal' causes it to deflate faster than an inner tube that was just sat on by a morbidly obese person.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
July 9, 2009
There are a couple of admittedly arresting images on display here and there--not enough to make this film worth watching but enough to make you hope that it doesn't take Lynch another 16 years to make another one.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 3, 2009
Surveillance suggests 'Jennifer Lynchian' should be used for films that aspire to David's moody, idiosyncratic genius and fall woefully short.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 3, 2009
A wholly engaging partial misfire, if that makes sense -- a spare yet stylish marginal recommendation that connects due to its provocative premise and ruminations on violence, and the considerations that spawns.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 3, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 3, 2009
Surveillance is a crafty crime film with an involving setup and a ridiculous payoff, but there's enough here to make it worth a viewing at least on DVD or cable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 3, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 3, 2009
A grubby, disturbing serial-killer mystery, a kind of blood-simple Rashomon.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
July 1, 2009
Falls somewhere in between the somewhat tongue-in-cheek tone of Wild at Heart and the more au courant trend toward savage, nihilistic deranged-killer movies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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