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Citadel Reviews

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Stefan Pape
July 9, 2013
An absorbing redemption tale this may be, but one that comes with a lot of baggage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Niki Boyle
The List
February 20, 2013
A shoddy, muddled film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 5, 2012
By literally dehumanizing its antagonists, Citadel not only muddles its political message but also undermines the gravity of its main character's circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 13, 2012
There's a solid 20 minutes of pretty terrific horror atmosphere... [not] enough to justify the wandering, pointless, frequently dull hour that precedes that point.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Owen Williams
Empire Magazine
February 25, 2013
Plenty of pungent ideas and a nice line in urban terror. The final product falls short of the best in Brit horror, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
November 15, 2012
While Foy's efforts to create his own distinct modern urban mythos are ambitious, the result isn't entirely satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brent Simon
November 1, 2012
Occasional bursts of effective atmospheric dread punctuate what is otherwise a thinly imagined genre exercise that would work far better as a short film.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 11, 2012
Quite a chore sitting through such a muddled downer.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 6, 2012
The more that fright-flick conventions take over, the more the movie's recognizable and resonant human fears are dulled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 21, 2015
Citadel slowly-but-surely squanders a promising opening to become a rather interminable thriller that feels endless even at 84 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2012
U.K.-set monster movie has few scares, plenty of noxious overtones.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
November 15, 2012
"Citadel" attempts to transform mundane anxieties into the stuff of a horror film. But the initial tension of the premise dissipates like a slow leak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
November 22, 2012
The concept eventually turns into predictably contrived genre fodder with muddled sociopolitical undercurrents.
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
November 8, 2012
This hopelessly muddled horror movie takes place in a United Kingdom public housing high-rise so dingy and bleak you might feel that razing it would be a mercy.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
July 12, 2013
[A] confused, mostly clunky, but occasionally involving, low-budget horror/thriller ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 22, 2012
Although this film has a simple and predictable story setup, it takes a long time to develop. The first part of the film has a rather slow pace.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 16, 2012
It's all rather nausea-inducing and a bit frightening - not the film (I can only wish) but its subtextual message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
July 12, 2013
Despite being innovatively directed and punchily edited, as a genre piece this is lacking in depth and genuine dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
June 21, 2013
Drawing from his own experiences of agoraphobia following a brutal mugging, Foy has taken the emerging genre of "hoodie horror" and pushed it in novel and disturbing directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lewis Porteous
The Skinny
July 15, 2013
The film's pretty repugnant if taken as social commentary, but plays with contemporary fears and anxieties incredibly effectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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