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Civic Duty Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 16, 2007
mostly suffers from overwriting
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Cornelius
October 8, 2007
If we can ignore the plot's too-often dips into cliché, we just might walk away with a lot on our minds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Collura
IGN Movies
June 22, 2007
Eventually it all boils down to cliché, with home invasions by Terry, physical confrontations between Terry and Gabe, a hostage situation, a main character getting gunned down, and all the other standard thriller tropes that might excite the kind of audie
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
May 30, 2007
Terrorism can make you crazy. Or more accurately, U.S. media hype about terrorism can drive you to believe.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 21, 2007
A flawed but worthwhile examination of paranoia and clashing cultures in the 21st century.
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
May 7, 2007
Andrew Joiner's clever and layered screenplay just may be one of the best of the year, particularly as it requires thought and may even spark debate.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
May 7, 2007
Krause and his character are the entire movie. Watching him fall apart is fascinating and the ending has a particularly nice, if expected, twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 6, 2007
"Rear Window" updated to post 9-11 corporate downsizing has too many mixed messages to convey the simple fear of a classic thriller.
| Original Score: 5/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 5, 2007
There's the faint air of a solid cable movie about Civic Duty...but the questions it raises are provocative enough to make it worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
May 5, 2007
Until it becomes simply a hostage dilemma, the film maintains an uneasy air of mystery and suspicion.
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Pete Hammond
May 5, 2007
An intense and startling movie for our times. It hits you right between the eyes.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Angela Baldassarre
May 5, 2007
A claustrophobic setting and the paranoid concerns of a modern world make Jeff Renfroe's "Civic Duty" an effective psychological thriller.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
May 5, 2007
It does build up considerable suspense and tension; Renfroe has learned well from Hitchcock.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 5, 2007
All that flash serves to prop up what's in essence a one-act play, constructed around a political message that's telegraphed from the start.
| Original Score: C
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
May 5, 2007
The film's pace lags toward the end, but its grasp of manufactured fear's dreary pervasiveness never falters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
May 4, 2007
The vivid sense of time and place is the best thing about the initially promising, ultimately irritating psychological thriller Civic Duty.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 4, 2007
As thoughtful as it means to be -- its agenda is outlined by on-the-nose dialogue from its characters -- Civic Duty does little to go beyond this premise.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
May 4, 2007
The movie becomes a game of sorts, and to get to the 'truth' of the story we're left simply keeping score rather than examining our own perceptions and reaching any greater understanding of the very real issues at hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 4, 2007
A sharp 9/11 twist on Rear Window paranoia, Civic Duty is all the more effective for its chilling plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 4, 2007
An all-around disappointment.
| Original Score: 2/4
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