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Civic Duty Reviews

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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 3, 2007
Civic Duty is ultimately less psychological thriller than polemic...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 16, 2007
mostly suffers from overwriting
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 3, 2007
Asks the piercing question: does the terrorist lurk within us? In actuality, it's a question worth exploring, but not one that this bombastic and silly thriller is prepared to answer in any dramatically sustainable fashion.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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
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.
May 3, 2007
laughable and immature
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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
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+
May 4, 2007
The vivid sense of time and place is the best thing about the initially promising, ultimately irritating psychological thriller Civic Duty.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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 builds only off-the-shelf suspense as Terry's suspicions increase.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 12, 2006
The well-structured scenario is arresting but ill-served by an overly fussy visual treatment from helmer Jeff Renfroe.
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
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
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
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
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