Civic Duty Reviews

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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.
May 5, 2007
The film's pace lags toward the end, but its grasp of manufactured fear's dreary pervasiveness never falters.
May 5, 2007
It does build up considerable suspense and tension; Renfroe has learned well from Hitchcock.
May 4, 2007
The vivid sense of time and place is the best thing about the initially promising, ultimately irritating psychological thriller Civic Duty.
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.
May 4, 2007
An all-around disappointment.
May 4, 2007
The filmmakers aren't able to pull it off but deserve credit for their attempt to be thought-provoking.
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.
May 4, 2007
Peter Krause, the fine actor from Six Feet Under, gives a one-note performance that seriously undermines Civic Duty
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.
May 4, 2007
With nowhere for any of the characters to go, literally, the story becomes a tendentious exercise in belaboring a point.
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.
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.
May 4, 2007
Not even Richard Schiff's droll underplaying as the drollest underplayer in the FBI can make dramatic sense of Civic Duty.
May 4, 2007
Canadian director Jeff Renfroe builds only off-the-shelf suspense as Terry's suspicions increase.
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.
May 4, 2007
Once the story's events reach a climactic pitch, the film stagnates in place for too long and loses momentum.
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