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Disturbia Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 16, 2007
This is a cool little thriller with some big scares and fine performances.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 14, 2007
It eventually evolves into a credible thriller, one pointedly rather than coincidentally embedded in the trivia of its time.
| Original Score: B
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 13, 2007
For the most part a taut, careful thriller that emphasizes suspense over blood and gore.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 13, 2007
A one-dimensional thriller, albeit one more stylish than the ones churned out for the older teen-early 20s demographic.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Dennis Lim
Los Angeles Times
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
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John Maynard
Washington Post
April 12, 2007
The film quickly shifts from a clever homage to Rear Window to a bad parody of The Silence of the Lambs.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 12, 2007
Like Rear Window before it, Disturbia is sly and suspenseful and full of mounting dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 12, 2007
There isn't much in the way of surprise plot twists. But the predictability is offset by the movie's energy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 12, 2007
A lot of the movie works because LaBeouf is becoming a soulful, intelligent presence on-screen.
| Original Score: B
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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David Germain
Associated Press
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.
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
April 10, 2007
Ironically, Disturbia's a thriller that doesn't want to bother you.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
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.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
March 13, 2007
Rear Window meets the iTunes era in fun, slick suspense pic.