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Bug Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
June 7, 2007
The result, then, is that little here is psychologically engaging for the viewer. Instead, to witness vulnerable Agnes being pulled into a vortex of delusion and paranoia is akin to watching a car wreck.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 5, 2007
Bug straddles the lines of genre seediness and high art pretension, but it's not enough of a cheap thrill or mindbender to succeed at either.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 4, 2007
It might have taken David Cronenberg, that insect fetishist (Naked Lunch, The Fly), to truly turn this into a freak-out session.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
June 4, 2007
Friedkin gets political in exposing the value of dependence for people who believe they can depend on very little.
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Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
June 3, 2007
A deeply disturbing, claustrophobic look at psychological trauma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
James Sanford on Film
June 3, 2007
All of the actors find the right rhythm... But even the performers' complete commitment can't entirely disguise the fact that 'Bug' doesn't seem to belong on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
June 2, 2007
Ashley Judd's got guts, and so does William Friedkin, a director who peaked in the early 1970s and hasn't made a memorable film in decades. Not until Bug, that is.
| Original Score: 78/100
Michael Szymanski
June 2, 2007
[Friedkin] expertly helms this relatively narrow-focused screenplay by playwright Tracy Letts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
June 2, 2007
Both Judd and Shannon reach into the void to draw out raw performances that are alternately gripping and ridiculously extreme.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
June 1, 2007
An unpleasant curiosity and train wreck of a movie that never completely sells its stage bound, feverish events.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck O'Leary
May 31, 2007
Friedkin's Bug is a claustrophobic, unsettling, intense and extremely well-acted parable about paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cynthia Fuchs
May 30, 2007
Whether Aggie is herself a product of particular horrors%u2014whether she's watched too much television, absorbed her own lost child into herself, or believes terrorists mean to invade Oklahoma the very second they get their chance%u2014 remains unknown.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 30, 2007
While I do not for a moment question the film's quality, I am left wondering who its audience is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 29, 2007
Beat by beat, Bug is gripping: It has that feverish compression of great theater, but director William Friedkin gets inside it, so it's never stagy.
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
May 29, 2007
A nice textbook on how to use the camera in a confined space.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 29, 2007
Ew, Bug.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
May 28, 2007
Afterwards, most people will be asking, 'What the hell was that?' while still suspecting that the movie has something worthwhile trying to crawl its way out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
May 28, 2007
disturbing, but not scary enough to work as a horror film and not deep enough to work as a drama.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 28, 2007
If movies were only about acting, 'Bug' would win a high recommendation from me. Unfortunately, it contains too much talk and too little action.
Rob Gonsalves
May 28, 2007
This material badly wants to be searing and disturbing, but it's all too obviously conceived as showboat material for actors, with little room for subtlety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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