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Bug Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 28, 2015
This "smaller" experiment turns out to be William Friedkin's best film in over 20 years.
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Otto
February 9, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Fernando F. Croce
August 27, 2009
Claustrophobic paranoia provides the squishy center of Tracy Letts's Off Broadway play, Friedkin swims in it
Brian Holcomb
May 2, 2008
While not really a "horror" film, "Bug" contains more weirdness, tension and suspense than most other "genre" releases last year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
Letts' story is ultimately an extreme cautionary tale about how a little bit of passion can make you do magnificently fucked-up things.
Peter Bradshaw
November 17, 2007
It starts off like a horror film, or like a modern-day Tennessee Williams piece and then transmutes into ... something very different indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Glen Ferris
Empire Magazine
November 8, 2007
The dialogue raises the odd snigger and the final act is perhaps a little too barmy, but a committed cast and an experienced director make this a tense and effectively claustrophobic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
September 28, 2007
Thanks to Friedkin's devilish direction, and Letts's unrelenting, sharp, sad and darkly comic writing, Bug will keep you guessing till the bloody end.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
An exemplary character-driven chamber drama like we don't see much of in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
July 3, 2007
A freakishly metaphorical look at the self-destructive implications of paranoia gone awry.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
June 25, 2007
Friedkin's best film in at least two decades.
Full Review | Original Score: B
IGN Movies
June 22, 2007
Bug is more cerebral than visceral so those expecting a more traditional chiller may be disappointed. But for those interested in a creepy character study, this Bug has bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 9, 2007
a claustrophobic thriller that slowly and methodically peels away layers of normality until we are trapped in a contagious delusion made frightening literal
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 8, 2007
The final quarter of the film is actually rather bloody, almost living up to the promise of the trailer. It's actually rather subtle for a horror flick, but is really good just the same.
| Original Score: 2.9/5
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
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
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