Cry of the Owl


Cry of the Owl

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A man with a troubled past becomes the prime suspect in a small-town murder case. Adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Cry of the Owl tells the tale of Robert Forrester (Paddy Considine), a man who flees from the city and his marriage in search of solitude. Eventually, Robert winds up in a quaint community and becomes drawn to Jenny (Julia Stiles), a pretty local whose simple existence holds a unique appeal to the former big-city dweller. When Jenny notices Robert peering in through her kitchen window, she senses that he doesn't mean her harm and strikes up a conversation. Suspicious of the mysterious newcomer's motivations and jealous of the attention his girlfriend is getting, Jenny's boyfriend Greg (James Gilbert) launches an obsessive campaign to humiliate and destroy Robert. After a heated confrontation Greg goes missing, and the authorities begin looking to Robert for answers. Now the higher the stakes get, the more Robert begins to suspect that he's being set up to take a big fall.


Critic Reviews for Cry of the Owl

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (8)

  • Unfortunately, another bird beside an owl comes to mind to describe this misbegotten feature: a turkey.

    May 20, 2010 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Overall, it's the kind of technically proficient, deliberately paced, grim sleepwalk that leaves one cold rather than cracked open.

    Mar 12, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Promising but ultimately frustrating.

    Mar 11, 2010 | Full Review…
  • The Cry of the Owl, much like Highsmith's virtually unreadable book, is saddled with an absolutely ludicrous premise that proves an immediate detriment to one's enjoyment of the film...

    Jun 13, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • ... preserves the doom and the emotional irrationality of Highsmith in this remarkably faithful adaptation, but never manages to capture the terrible helplessness and hopelessness...

    Jun 11, 2010 | Full Review…
  • It's not an entirely boring or offensive movie, just a rather distant and detached one.

    Jun 5, 2010 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cry of the Owl

  • Jul 31, 2011
    this movie was average it could of been better The ending left me wondering what was going to happen, the acting was good but the story-line wasn't that intense or thrilling to me. except for one scene that involves a dog licking blood.
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2011
    Actually kind of intriguing. The feeling of dread builds nicely throughout. I think this could make an interesting play.
    Laura C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2011
    more of a psychological drama than a horror (misleading dvd cover). quite slow but well made & paddy considine puts in a reliably good performance
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2011
    During his divorce proceedings with Nickie(Caroline Dhavernas), Robert Forrester(Paddy Considine) is trying to start over at a new job at an aerospace company. After work one day, Greg(James Gilbert) bums some money off of him for a present for his girlfriend Jenny(Julia Stiles). With an equal mix of creepiness and curiosity, Robert plays Peeping Tom outside of her house until she spots him and invites him inside. The two quickly become friends. So much so, that Jenny dumps Greg and invites Robert hiking with some friends of hers. "Cry of the Owl" wants to desperately be a dark and offbeat film about the relationship between two damaged people but only gets about halfway there. A lot of that has to do with the performances of the leads. Paddy Considine, again proving he can do little wrong, hits the right notes playing a man uncomfortable in his own skin and whose timing is always off. And if only I could say the same thing about Julia Stiles who brings out little depth in her performance of an otherwise intriguing character. So, maybe it would have been better if she had switched roles with Caroline Dhavernas. Admittedly, that still would not have made up for the story's flaws or the failure to adequately recreate small town atmosphere.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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