Arlington Road (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Arlington Road (1999)



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

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Washington, D.C. History professor Michael Faraday (Jeff Bridges), along with his young son Grant (Spencer Treat Clark), is recovering from the loss of his FBI-agent wife, killed by right-wing terrorists. As the family slowly recovers, the Langs, Oliver and Cheryl (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack) move in across the street. Michael and Oliver become friends, until the professor catches his new neighbor in some lies. Paranoia checks in as Michael determines if his "friend" is actually a terrorist or something else entirely. In his sophomore effort, director Mark Pellington (Going All The Way, video for Pearl Jam's "Jeremy") and screenwriter Ehren Kruger explore the effects of emotional trauma and loss as well as the two sides of radicalism. Even as Michael begins to date again, as when he sees Brooke (Hope Davis), he can't shake the loss of his wife, especially when he lectures about terrorism in his classes. Though when Michael becomes suspicious of inconsistencies about Oliver, he can't forget that this is the man whose son is the friend of his son. Similar issues were explored in director Costa-Gravas' Betrayed, with Debra Winger.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ehren Kruger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Official Site


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 Carve...
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 Harr...
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 Bel...
Deborah Swanson
as Bomb Site Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Arlington Road

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (24)

The screenplay stretches the viewer's credulity far beyond the breaking point, asking us to accept dozens of absurd contrivances and coincidences.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

A dank, mechanical exercise that refuses to have any fun.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

The climax is so implausible we stop caring and start scratching our heads!

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Arlington Road is a movie trying so hard for intelligence, quality and deeper meanings, you can almost sense the strain under the celluloid.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Arlington Road is a dumb, overheated thriller pretending to be a smart, topical one.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

The premise is intriguing and the acting of Bridges and Robbins is decent, but the director Pellington's execution leaves much to be desired.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

Audience Reviews for Arlington Road


A great start to the film, grabs your attention from the off, it then plods along at a steady pace and then hits you right again at the end with an unexpected ending.

An enjoyable performance by Jeff Bridges and overall an enjoyable Conspiracy/Political Thriller.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Thriller about two neighbours. Jeff suspects Tim of being a terrorist. Good cast.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

well its an alright thriller!
it is clever and the ending was so unexpected that i love the originality of , as its not the obvious good guys win bad guys lose!
but it does get a bit boring, there isnt enough action to keep me interested!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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