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Identity Reviews

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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.
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
April 29, 2003
A nihilist project in Usual Suspects mode: Nothing is as it seems, because nothing matters in the least.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 28, 2003
[A] very well made horror thriller.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
April 25, 2003
Assorted examples of artificially flavoured humanity ... proceed to panic, bicker and run with the customary perversity that characters in situations like this do toward their gory destinies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 25, 2003
Deserves credit for at least trying something fresh in the psychological-thriller realm, and for the mood of goofball creepiness it creates.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 25, 2003
More than an entertaining thriller. It's a highly original one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 25, 2003
It can make for an exasperating ride, since the filmmakers fudge the line between earnest manipulation and flip self-mockery.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 25, 2003
An over-directed slasher picture full of arty tricks and slumming stars.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 25, 2003
I think it's a fascinating movie that, if you are able to make the leap it asks of you at about the three-quarter mark, will give you something to think and talk about for days.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 25, 2003
This isn't a story: It's a catalog of gruesome murders.
| Original Score: C+
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
Opens with its mind nicely intact, suffers a major crisis about 30 minutes in, then bad turns to worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 25, 2003
It isn't a standard slasher flick, but it impersonates one for so long you want to slap it around.
| Original Score: C+
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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
April 25, 2003
A film that is thiiiis close to nailing the whole suspense/thriller/ serial-killer genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 25, 2003
It's an exasperating exercise in B-movie hokum and screenwriter's gimmickry.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 25, 2003
Manufactured shock replaces gnawing fear and only meager attempts are made to liberate us from high-concept hell.
| Original Score: C+
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
April 25, 2003
A genuinely cunning psychological thriller.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 25, 2003
The apparent premise, creaky though it may be, holds ample opportunity for suspense and second-guessing, and Mr. Mangold handles the revelations and reversals of Michael Cooney's script with nerve-racking aplomb.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 25, 2003
A wicked scorpion with a double sting in its tail.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 25, 2003
It's not art, but it's fun artfully done.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 25, 2003
Give the film the credit it earns for playing the game well and truly.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2003
The director, James Mangold, and the writer, Michael Cooney, play fair, sort of, and once you understand their thinking you can trace back through the movie and see that they never cheated, exactly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 24, 2003
With moments of mind-bending creepiness, the film has potential, but eventually it devolves into merely a head-scratcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 24, 2003
It's a fun, raucous ride, with more than its share of chills and thrills.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2003
Throughout, the film teeters tantalizingly on the preposterous, but James Mangold's astute direction and Michael Cooney's carefully thought-out script keep it from sliding over the edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 24, 2003
Effective, well-crafted chiller.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 24, 2003
Takes the 'nothing is what it seems...' conceit to clever new extremes.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 24, 2003
Identity doesn't outfox the audience; it just makes us feel like suckers.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 24, 2003
80 minutes of cliches, overacting and hackneyed coincidences.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 24, 2003
An effectively scary, psychological variation on Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 24, 2003
Adds an interesting shot of intelligence to a genre that hasn't seen any in many a year.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 24, 2003
It starts as Agatha Christie but mutates into Stephen King.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2003
Enjoyably swervy.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 24, 2003
It's a relentlessly tricky and scary show, with a bit more plot and humanity than this kind of modern Grand Guignol usually gives us.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 24, 2003
Identity may be a one-trick pony, but it's quite a trick.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 23, 2003
Delighting in his own considerable cleverness and cineast's knowledge of movie history, Mangold shuffles the elements like a three-card-monte pro.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 21, 2003
There is a great spoof comedy here, but, unfortunately, writer Michael Cooney and director James Mangold play one of the most ludicrous screenplays in recent memory in earnest.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 20, 2003
What starts out as a seemingly-routine excursion into genre clichés emerges into a more complex and satisfying arena than most viewers will anticipate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4