Closed Circuit Reviews

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
October 22, 2013
Ropey performances, join-the-dots plotting and nail-shreddingly awful dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Aisha Harris
Slate
August 30, 2013
There are enough genuine moments of surprise to make this genre exercise an invigorating one.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 30, 2013
Sharp ensemble work ups this thriller's intelligence quotient.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
August 29, 2013
The lawyers are supposed to be former lovers, but the film doesn't allow the leads to display any chemistry; likewise, it doesn't generate any suspense from its tried-and-true conspiracy premise.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 29, 2013
The movie is low-key but each scene is packed with information. Full understanding demands full attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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August 29, 2013
It's storytelling informed by sloppy, absolutist thinking, and it lends one more uncritical voice to the many who seem unable to distinguish between kinds and degrees of evil ...
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 29, 2013
The somber tone conflicts with the far-fetched story line, sapping it of the energy it needs to effectively sell its twists and turns.
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
August 28, 2013
It's a film that eschews intrigue and insinuation for government agents who monologue about the dangers of free speech and fair trials while garroting their victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 28, 2013
This officious, aggravatingly overexplained drama gets more washed out and dull as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 28, 2013
It has a chillingly matter-of-fact cynicism that is very au courant.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 28, 2013
Rife with convenient coincidences, predictable plot contrivances and breathtakingly perfunctory revelations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 28, 2013
Directed unfussily and well by John Crowley, "Closed Circuit" has enough on the ball in terms of atmosphere and crafty performances to take your mind off the gaps in logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 28, 2013
"Closed Circuit" is steeped in the details of English law, and rather than being obscure or arcane, these details ground the film and give it an authentic air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 28, 2013
Closed Circuit will engage you from the explosive opening frames. It may also leave a deep impression about the limits of personal freedom in a society where electronic eyes are everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 28, 2013
Not only an intelligent, well-told and deftly acted story, it provides refreshing counter-programming in a season filled with noisy, uninspired sequels and mindless action movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 28, 2013
A crisply enjoyable, professionally executed paranoid thriller of the "everyone is out to get us" variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 28, 2013
A credulity-straining thriller featuring a few good paranoid moments - and, perhaps most important, Rebecca Hall running in high heels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 28, 2013
Closed Circuit may be little more than a high-minded, shrewdly topical gloss on a shopworn genre, but its cynicism is bracing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 28, 2013
Director John Crowley trots his crew around London, working up a suitable amount of suspense. And paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 28, 2013
Mostly, this movie is a series of well-acted implausible events, tied together by a lot of scenes of people running.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 28, 2013
A slick, tasty slice of late-summer nonsense ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 27, 2013
A mystery-thriller-romance that is conspicuously missing three things. One is mystery, another is thrills and the last is anything approaching romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 27, 2013
You hear that we're getting a British political thriller titled "Closed Circuit" and you instantly start to imagine the creepy possibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
August 27, 2013
It's curiously lacking in urgency.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 27, 2013
Closed Circuit is the sort of movie that makes you wonder: Why was this made?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 27, 2013
A light garnish of greater-good propaganda is supposed to make this potboiler palatable for contemporary audiences, but "Closed Circuit" is really a reheated leftover.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press
August 27, 2013
A smart script by Steven Knight keeps the action humming along smoothly and concisely - if sometimes, it must be said, a bit illogically.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 26, 2013
It's a story that means to shock us with a tale of wrongdoings and cover-ups at the highest levels, but in this post-Edward Snowden/Chelsea Manning era, does any government-sanctioned chicanery come as a real surprise anymore?
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
August 26, 2013
Well-acted British courtroom drama never really delivers the necessary thrills.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
August 26, 2013
Between Knight's nuanced script and Crowley's nimble direction, such contradictions shouldn't distract audiences much from the immediate thrills of this taut genre exercise,
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Jordan Hoffman
Film.com
August 25, 2013
The whole picture is lifeless and without consequence and by the time everyone is chasing each other in the last scenes I guarantee your mind will be off somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10