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Movies and TV shows are Certified Fresh with a steady Tomatometer of 75% or higher after a set amount of reviews (80 for wide-release movies, 40 for limited-release movies, 20 for TV shows), including 5 reviews from Top Critics.
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The teen support cast are vacuous and director DJ Caruso strays a little too far into Grand Guignol territory for the over-extended climax, but Disturbia's otherwise bang on the money: $80m at the US box-office was no fluke.
DJ Caruso's neat little thriller won't win any awards for originality (Hitch will be spinning six feet under) but it does work surprisingly well bearing in mind you can almost second guess every plot twist.
Borrowing a page or two from of the Hitchcock classic Rear Window (1954), this riveting psychological thriller for the Internet Age delivers as compelling a variation on the helpless voyeur theme as one might hope to find.
Towards the end, Disturbia does unravel into something not nearly as smart but that doesn't stop the first two acts from being a slick little observation on the multiple levels of reality that surround us today.
Teetering between weirdly mesmerizing and inexplicably clumsy, D.J. Caruso's film offers a worthy investigation of voyeurism, as it pervades current popular culture in the form of reality TV and user-generated internet videos.