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Closed Circuit Reviews

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Neil Alcock
October 25, 2013
Closed Circuit zips along nicely and has a decent stab at being a serious contemporary thriller, but feels too contained for its far-reaching ideas.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 25, 2013
Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall are as engaging as ever, and the film raises intriguing issues concerning the 'War on Terror'; pity the plot descends into the ridiculous.
Xan Brooks
October 24, 2013
It plays as cut-price Le Carré; a recording of a recording of superior films. The picture is fuzzy, and the plot becomes garbled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 24, 2013
John Crowley emails in his directing: "Get actor A to say his line, then get actor B to say hers."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
October 24, 2013
Let down by clunky dialogue, plodding direction, a stultifyingly dull performance from Eric Bana and a lack of chemistry between the two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
October 24, 2013
Paranoia reigns on the streets of London in this drab, noir-tinged slog with Rebecca Hall and Eric Bana.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Stephen Kelly
Total Film
October 24, 2013
It's a slow-burning, well-acted thriller that's only really let down in its third act: an unsatisfyingly limp denouement that fails to convey what's at stake with any sort of suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
October 23, 2013
Plot black holes quickly emerge and start to suck all believability out of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 23, 2013
Ultimately, the far-fetched plot is its undoing, crippling what could have been a compelling insight into the dirty works of the security services without recourse to over-familiar action setpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Dibdin
Digital Spy
October 22, 2013
It's too plodding to work as a paranoid thriller and too ham-fisted to work as anything deeper...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 22, 2013
Ropey performances, join-the-dots plotting and nail-shreddingly awful dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
October 21, 2013
With Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things, screenwriter Steven Knight has proved his ear for London's darker rhythms. Here, though, there's little to raise the pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2013
Tangled plot short-circuits Closed Circuit
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
September 28, 2013
'Closed Circuit' is an enjoyable, rather quiet British thriller with no pyrotechnics or superheroes. Instead, it's more of a courtroom drama about politics and cover-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 11, 2013
Part of the film's problem is that the emotional core of the story comes with its own case of closed-circuitry. But, don't get me wrong -- it's not a total miss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Michael Dequina
September 9, 2013
A lot of classy talent is involved--and so expectedly on point are their efforts that one almost overlooks the overall rote and mechanical workings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
September 5, 2013
Subdued yet suspenseful, a timely conspiracy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Robert Levin
September 3, 2013
Pretty solid in an old-fashioned sense, a movie committed to refined, quality storytelling without a whole lot of extra heft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Peter Sobczynski
September 2, 2013
A dreary and derivative thriller that is nowhere near as smart or controversial as it clearly believes itself to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
September 2, 2013
In its best moments, Closed Circuit evokes '70s paranoid classics like Three Days of the Condor but without anything particularly new or unique to add on to the old cynical story of how power corrupts.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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