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Citadel Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
July 9, 2013
Despite its defiantly un-PC 'fear-a-hoodie' message, the film nails its urban setting, filling every frame with a richly sustained sense of despair, decay and dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 6, 2012
This is a basic story, simply and directly told by Irish writer-director Ciaran Foy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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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
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 15, 2012
A bare-bones man-against-his-worst-fears white knuckler, shot through deep, menacing shadows.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 8, 2012
Has an atavistic pulse, evoking a decaying society where elevators fail and bus drivers cower behind mesh grills.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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.
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William Goss
Film.com
November 7, 2012
Just tense enough for just long enough to keep potentially nagging disbelief at bay.
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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
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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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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 16, 2012
Especially nerve-wracking for any parent who's ever doubted whether he or she could overcome immobilizing fear and spring into action to defend an endangered offspring. Foy exploits that cruel doubt with ruthless efficiency in this impressive debut.