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Civic Duty Reviews

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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
May 30, 2007
Terrorism can make you crazy. Or more accurately, U.S. media hype about terrorism can drive you to believe.
May 21, 2007
A flawed but worthwhile examination of paranoia and clashing cultures in the 21st century.
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-
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
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-
May 5, 2007
Until it becomes simply a hostage dilemma, the film maintains an uneasy air of mystery and suspicion.
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May 5, 2007
An intense and startling movie for our times. It hits you right between the eyes.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 5, 2007
A claustrophobic setting and the paranoid concerns of a modern world make Jeff Renfroe's "Civic Duty" an effective psychological thriller.
May 5, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 5, 2007
It does build up considerable suspense and tension; Renfroe has learned well from Hitchcock.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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
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
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
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
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
Matchett, Schiff and Naga all contribute solid support, while Krause is downright exceptional as the nondescript accountant suddenly falling into media-fueled paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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