Arlington Road

1999

Arlington Road

Critics Consensus

A suspenseful thriller led by strong cast performances built around a somewhat implausible story.

63%

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Total Count: 91

74%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 42,857
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In this taut thriller, Michael Faraday is a college professor whose wife, an FBI agent, was killed by members of an extremist right-wing terrorist group. When Michael becomes friendly with his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang, he begins to suspect that something isn't quite right.

Cast

Jeff Bridges
as Michael Faraday
Tim Robbins
as Oliver Lang
Hope Davis
as Brooke Wolfe
Joan Cusack
as Cheryl Lang
Robert Gossett
as FBI Agent Whit Carver
Mason Gamble
as Brady Lang
Spencer Treat Clark
as Grant Faraday
Stanley Anderson
as Dr. Archer Scobee
Lee Stringer
as Orderly
Darryl Cox
as Troopmaster
Loyd Catlett
as Delivery Man
Sid Hillman
as Phone Technician
Auden Thornton
as Hannah Lang
Jennie Tooley
as Ponytail Girl
Grant Garrison
as Student Kemp
Naya Castinado
as Student O'Neill
Laura Poe
as Leah Faraday
Gabriel Folse
as Merks, FBI
Hunter Burkes
as Hutch Parsons
Diane Peterson
as Ma Parsons
Josh Ridgway
as 18-Year-Old Parsons
Hans Stroble
as 16-Year-Old Parsons
Michelle Du Bois
as Parsons Girl
Steve Ottesen
as TV Reporter No. 2
Piper Mackenzie Harris
as TV Reporter No. 3
John Hussey
as Accident Detective
Charles Sanders
as Camp Official
Todd Terry
as 2nd Camp Official
Gina Santori
as Party Girl/Student
Denver Williams
as FBI Guard No. 1
Willie Dirden
as FBI Guard No. 2
Paul Pender
as FBI Van Agent
Charlie Webb
as FBI Van Agent No. 2
Billy D. Washington
as FBI Agent No. 3
Cindy Hom
as TV Reporter No. 4
Dave Allen Clark
as TV Reporter No. 5
Ken Manelis
as Reporter Charles Bell
Deborah Swanson
as Bomb Site Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Arlington Road

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Audience Reviews for Arlington Road

  • Jun 22, 2016
    Jeff Bridges is a college professor who begins to suspect that his neighbor might be a terrorist. This movie's plot twists right down to the very end of the film were amazing. They kept you guessing and wondering what was going to happen. Jeff Bridges turns in a remarkably paranoid performance in this one. For some reason it seems like a lot of people haven't seen this movie but it is definitely not to be missed.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2016
    Pretty interesting. The way this movie plays out is pretty cool, culminating in one of the best "gotcha" moments I've ever seen in a movie.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2013
    Arlington Road is a daring and controversial political thriller that explores some provocative issues. When a college professor who teaches a course on domestic terrorism starts to suspect that his new neighbors may be part of a terrorist cell, the lives of his friends and family become endangered. Starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, and Hope Davis, the performances are especially strong. The writing is also quite impressive, and does a good job at developing the both the characters and the story arc. Additionally, the film asks some interesting questions about how the government combats terrorist. While the film does have some weak points, Arlington Road delivers a smart and compelling thriller.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2011
    This is how you create a genuine thriller that keeps you hooked until the bitter end. Mark pellington is a talent that should of been handed some further films as he's eye for tension keeps you in a place you can't get out of. The writing is top notch creating characters for everyone involved. Jeff bridges has always been a good actor but I really took notice of him after this film came out. Tim Robbins really owns the film with a character so out of left field. The film knocked me about when I first watched it and have since converted many people with its ending. If you like a film with a twisting narrative then this for you.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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