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Civic Duty Reviews

May 21, 2007
A flawed but worthwhile examination of paranoia and clashing cultures in the 21st century.
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.
Read More | Original Score: C
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
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
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 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
An all-around disappointment.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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
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
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 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 1, 2007
Expected ironies about homeland security, racial profiling, and fears of the Other land like a rain of anvils, and director Renfroe matches Krause's worked-up performance with a jiggly, flashy approximation of off-brand Tony Scott.
April 30, 2007
Jeff Renfroe's film stirs up some timely anxieties, including the War on Terror, racial profiling.
April 19, 2007
It's a gloomy, intense and effective little picture, without being the least bit original.
June 12, 2006
A gripping thriller exploring post-9/11 paranoia.
June 12, 2006
The well-structured scenario is arresting but ill-served by an overly fussy visual treatment from helmer Jeff Renfroe.