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Disturbia Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 23, 2007
You'll jump as if you've had electrodes attached to your sensitive parts; but when your nerve endings stop tingling, your brain won't remember a thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
April 16, 2007
This is a cool little thriller with some big scares and fine performances.
April 14, 2007
It eventually evolves into a credible thriller, one pointedly rather than coincidentally embedded in the trivia of its time.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 13, 2007
Offsetting the chilly voyeurism is a viable teen romance and an appealing sense of humor. Though there are occasional lapses in logic, Disturbia is consistently suspenseful and entertainingly disturbing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2007
While Disturbia does nothing to advance or honour Hitchcock, the movie succeeds on its modest terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 13, 2007
For the most part a taut, careful thriller that emphasizes suspense over blood and gore.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 13, 2007
Caruso, a very visual director, serves up some surprises and scares, and he's paced his movie briskly. You're out of this disturbing suburbia before you know it, shaken and even stirred.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2007
A surprisingly competent film, Disturbia lives up to its title. It's rare to find a decent film turn up in the dead of April, traditionally Hollywood's dump month for shelved oddities.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2007
Director D.J. Caruso relies entirely too much on clichéd shock cuts and keeps pulling back every time the flick seems to be settling into anything close to a creepy mood.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 13, 2007
What Disturbia lacks in complexity, it makes up for in witty jokes, sneaky jolts and a timeless lesson: If you've got windows, someone's always watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2007
Despite the foolishness, and despite the patent knockoffs of Rear Window and American Beauty, Disturbia is a likable little thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 13, 2007
A one-dimensional thriller, albeit one more stylish than the ones churned out for the older teen-early 20s demographic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 13, 2007
Reasonably smart and sometimes funny -- right up until the end, when it sells out its intelligence in favor of a standard-issue dose of overwrought violence.
Read More | Original Score: C+
April 13, 2007
Disturbia will have young people on the edge of their seat, cringing and thinking at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2007
Every piece of the story is jammed predictably into place. Kale sees the cute girl next door; the cute girl comes over. Kale sees the killer next door; the killer comes over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 13, 2007
Instead of manufacturing elaborate, ridiculous plot twists or imposing overwrought psychological melodrama on a basically absurd premise [director] Caruso and the screenwriters opt for efficient, clever B-movie execution.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 12, 2007
The most disturbious part of Disturbia is how engaging this teenage thriller manages to be, even though it's a shameless rip-off of Rear Window.
April 12, 2007
Has nowhere near the conceptual sophistication of Rear Window, where the protagonist's absorption in what he's watching mirrors the viewer's. The problem with Disturbia is that for most of the film you'll wish you weren't watching at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 12, 2007
The chills are genuine. And there's something very rewarding about sitting through a new version of a movie any film buff knows by heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 12, 2007
Filled with both youthful angst and innocent energy, which makes for more interesting contrasts than you might expect in a slasher-next-door flick.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 12, 2007
[The main characters] come across as tremendously industrious and likable. They know that, for all its dangers, they are living out a teen fantasy: Spying on adults in order to get the goods on them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 12, 2007
The proceedings devolve into standard horror-movie effects and minimal motivations. [And] Hitchcock's original never had to resort to thunder and lightning to goose up the suspense.
April 12, 2007
The film quickly shifts from a clever homage to Rear Window to a bad parody of The Silence of the Lambs.
April 12, 2007
Like Rear Window before it, Disturbia is sly and suspenseful and full of mounting dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2007
OK, so Rear Window was better plotted and more richly apportioned than this update. And so what if you can see every plot twist bearing down like a rush-hour commuter express? Disturbia still boasts a scrappy charm.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 12, 2007
There isn't much in the way of surprise plot twists. But the predictability is offset by the movie's energy.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2007
Comparisons [to Rear Window] are probably something the makers of Disturbia don't want us to make, since Disturbia, for all its glitz and gadgets, is markedly inferior in everything but teen appeal.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 12, 2007
A lot of the movie works because LaBeouf is becoming a soulful, intelligent presence on-screen.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 12, 2007
Director D.J. Caruso takes a lot of time to develop the characters. That works to the film's advantage because the viewer winds up invested in their fate.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 11, 2007
Disturbia, unlike Hitchcock's masterpiece of urban-courtyard fishbowl voyeurism, is a Rear Window that never bothers to peer into more than one window.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 11, 2007
Disturbia is disturbingly contemporary in its celebration of the technology that can make us all potential victims of the full-time snoops among us.
April 11, 2007
The gifted and resourceful Mr. LaBoeuf is a young actor worth keeping an eye on, and director Caruso mounts a neat sense of suspense with tight camera angles and judicious, fast-paced editing.
April 11, 2007
The filmmakers' belief that modern audiences will only respond to noisy, inarticulate endings dooms this movie to a last act that devalues, rather than elevates, it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 10, 2007
Part of the filmmakers' point is that any old nutcase might be lurking behind the drawn curtains of the house next to you in just such an anonymous locale. Still makes for a mighty limiting, boring place to set a movie, though.
April 10, 2007
Ironically, Disturbia's a thriller that doesn't want to bother you.
April 9, 2007
One way you know that D.J. Caruso is a resourceful director is that he scares you silly with a minimum of violence and a few smears of blood.
April 5, 2007
No sense kicking this thriller for plot holes and lapses in logic when the action, suspense and flirty sex come at such a lively clip.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 24, 2007
A modest but squirmingly fun suspenser that brings Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window into the era of vidcams and cell phones, serving up hearty, youth-skewing portions of PG-13 violence and bikini-bait along the way.
March 13, 2007
Rear Window meets the iTunes era in fun, slick suspense pic.