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Identity Reviews

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July 6, 2003
An enjoyably silly piece of pulp fiction, but the writer's main influence is undoubtedly Donald Kaufman, if you know what I mean.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
June 26, 2003
With its airtight structure, tension and impressive performances, Identity is not only the most intelligent thriller of the year so far, it's also the best.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Susan Michals
FilmStew.com
May 30, 2003
. . .director James Mangold proves that not only can he deftly cross genres, but can also offer up a pleasing and well-crafted thriller.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 16, 2003
A lame-brained nut job in search of an identity of its own.
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
May 13, 2003
The actors are good; the writing is clever and risky, but it's Mangold's excellent sense of just what to bring out and just when that makes this movie so effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 12, 2003
This is more Steven King than it is Alfred Hitchcock and the comparison points out the difference between a master story teller and a supernatural schlockmeister who pulls unseen demons out of the air to artificially contrive the scenario.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 12, 2003
There is nothing new to "Identity" but it works as a "10 Little Indians" clone.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 10, 2003
Cooney's script has some intriguing ideas (characters seem to be paired in ying/yang couples, such as the good cop/bad cop of Cusack and Liotta) and puzzles to ponder (that first victim wasn't really the first), but for all its suspense its revelation
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 9, 2003
Funny, scary and slick as the frost on a frozen corpse...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
May 7, 2003
In the end, it all comes to mood. The story, the setting, the characters, the twists - none would work if it weren't for the feel of Identity.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 7, 2003
The script, direction and acting are good enough that we aren't just waiting for the final payoff - we have plenty of fun getting there as well.
| Original Score: 78/100
Blake French
NutzWorld
May 5, 2003
If being outsmarted by a serial killer flick will hurt your self-esteem, don?t go see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
May 3, 2003
Works as a thrilling scare machine and an ambitious but structurally flawed gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
May 2, 2003
It is well-made, has excellent actors, and the screenplay has a nice twist at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emily Blunt
Blunt Review
May 2, 2003
Identity is phenomenal. Blending Film Noir, and Hitchcockian-like chills director James Mangold nailed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
May 1, 2003
Identity becomes so grossly obsessed with its self-perceived cleverness, it lacks the sensibility to imbue [its] revelation with any tragic weight.
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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 30, 2003
In its heart of hearts, it's not a whole lot more than a slasher picture - a pretty savvy and hugely entertaining one, but a slasher picture nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
April 30, 2003
Psycho-thriller about 10 strangers at an isolated motel is spooky, smart and strange ... and packs a satisfying twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 30, 2003
Perhaps the Director's Cut on DVD will shuck the entire final third and add a better resolution, but let's not hold our breath.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 29, 2003
All the clues are there, and when you look back the entire picture comes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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