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Suspect Zero Reviews

J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Slips on the banana peel of exaggerated fear factor, falling facedown with the introduction of an über-creep serial killer (Ben Kingsley) grimly stalking some hapless prey.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 31, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[A] visually jarring, psychologically daring trip that explores terror in a fresh, if crazy, manner.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 30, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Its junkiness shines through its posh patina. Exploitation is just no fun anymore, now that it's all so damn tasteful.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 28, 2004
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A grisly, depraved and wholly uninvolving exercise in empty mannerism.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 27, 2004
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Suspect Zero is that rare case of a dull idea redeemed by sharp talent.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/5

August 27, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A violent, depressing and often ridiculous waste of time.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

August 27, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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Merely adequate.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Suspect Zero is intriguing enough to be worth deciphering. It just delivers zero scares.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

August 27, 2004
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The movie is a black hole of failed ambition that mystifies on every level and offers zero payoff.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 27, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The latest evidence that Hollywood has run the se rial-killer thriller into the ground through overuse.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

August 27, 2004
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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Unless this is your first serial-killer movie, you've no doubt seen it all before.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2004
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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One of those agonizingly routine police procedurals.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 27, 2004
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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[A] pretentiously made and excruciatingly dull thriller.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

August 27, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Suspect Zero may be nonsense but at least it's not bland nonsense.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 27, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 27, 2004
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Suspect Zero knows from creepy . . . and compelling.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 27, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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A gussied-up bore.

| Original Score: D+

August 27, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Suspect Zero never really escapes the shadow of Se7en but has more to say -- and show -- than most of that movie's imitators.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 27, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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For all its trying, Suspect Zero ultimately fails to hit home. It falls somewhere between a genre picture and arty exploration of big themes.

| Original Score: C+

August 27, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Too devised and elaborate to really engage us.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2004
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This movie isn't talking to us, it's talking to other serial killer movies.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 27, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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If it's true that the state of New Mexico floated an interest-free, $7.5 million loan for the makers of Suspect Zero in exchange for 2.5% of the film's profits, look for a taxpayer revolt in the Land of Enchantment.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

August 26, 2004

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August 26, 2004
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Perhaps a better title for this mess would have been Avenging Angels in America or, better yet, The Silence of the Logic.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 26, 2004
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Finally, a serial-killer movie so preposterous it may actually put a permanent kibosh on this tediously overworked crime subgenre.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

August 26, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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An apt metaphor for the times.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 26, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Visually strong but ultimately hollow.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C+

August 26, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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There are some surprising turns of the story, and Eckhart and Kingsley are watchable performers, but Suspect Zero never escapes the rut of a standard serial-killer whodunit.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

August 26, 2004
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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This is a movie that could give Oliver Stone a migraine.

August 26, 2004
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A strangely flat and ploddingly formulaic mystery.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 26, 2004
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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What starts out as a crafty spin on the serial killer subgenre submits to overheated convention.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2/4

August 26, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This is a mystery in which there is no mystery.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

August 26, 2004
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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I don't believe the message, least of all as Merhige obsessively paints it, in a rain-drenched genre study in which every character is photographed on a tilt, or in extreme close-up.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

August 26, 2004
Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It never builds characters to care about or a story that gets much better than its tricky, paranormal premise.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

August 26, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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It's so drenched in deviant style and cinematic trickery that its peculiar story almost becomes overwhelmed.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 26, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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The movie exhausts its audience rather than entertains it.

August 23, 2004
Brian Lowry
Variety
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A plodding and familiar 'cop sees what the killer sees' riff that plays like a poorly inflated The X-Files episode.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 23, 2004
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