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Civic Duty Reviews

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May 4, 2007
The filmmakers aren't able to pull it off but deserve credit for their attempt to be thought-provoking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2007
Civic Duty sends you home depressed, but at least it makes you think. It's a breed of film that's rare to find on the summer movie slate.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2007
Peter Krause, the fine actor from Six Feet Under, gives a one-note performance that seriously undermines Civic Duty
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 4, 2007
Though Civic Duty seems to be a study in paranoid psychosis, it has just enough ambiguity to make you wonder if it isn't something else. You'll still be wondering when it's all over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2007
With nowhere for any of the characters to go, literally, the story becomes a tendentious exercise in belaboring a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 4, 2007
Canadian director Jeff Renfroe has made a lurid, tense film about an incident-in-the-making that fairly crackles with the inevitability of its events.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 4, 2007
It begins by swiping a premise and concludes with an attempted robbery of our principles, pretending that today's world is too confusing for us to know whether to cheer for George Bush or to march with Michael Moore.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 4, 2007
If Mr. Krause weren't so good at making his psychotic break with reality (or was it?) so steadily, plausibly convincing, the movie would be unwatchable. Instead, it's a disturbing diary of one man's descent.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 4, 2007
Civic Duty does engage and get your pulse racing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2007
Not even Richard Schiff's droll underplaying as the drollest underplayer in the FBI can make dramatic sense of Civic Duty.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 4, 2007
Canadian director Jeff Renfroe builds only off-the-shelf suspense as Terry's suspicions increase.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2007
Echoes of Rear Window abound, but any audience sympathy for the self-appointed detective is thwarted by Krause's typically sulky performance.
May 4, 2007
It's an ineptly put-together concoction that, despite its political musings, offers nothing new to the viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 4, 2007
Dig deep down into some bad movies and you occasionally find a good idea at the center. Civic Duty isn't one of those movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 4, 2007
Once the story's events reach a climactic pitch, the film stagnates in place for too long and loses momentum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 4, 2007
This little paranoid thriller...does a superb job exploring how middle class feelings of entitlement to the American Dream are reflected in post 9/11 racial stereotyping.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 4, 2007
A provocative, unsettling tale about a powerful nation on the defensive.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 3, 2007
Civic Duty is ultimately less psychological thriller than polemic...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 3, 2007
laughable and immature
| Original Score: 1.5/5
May 3, 2007
The film's anti-Islamic tone, intended to show Terry's frame of mind, detracts from whatever helpful message the filmmakers may have hoped to impart.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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