The Lookout

Critics Consensus

The Lookout is a genuinely suspenseful and affecting noir due to the great ensemble cast and their complex, realistic characters.



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"The Lookout" marks Academy Award (R)-nominated screenwriter Scott Frank's ("Out of Sight"), directorial debut. The intelligent crime drama is centered around Chris, a once promising high school athlete whose life is turned upside down following a tragic accident. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank where he ultimately finds himself caught up in a planned heist.

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Jeff Daniels
as Lewis Canfield
Matthew Goode
as Gary Spargo
Sergio Di Zio
as Deputy Ted
David Huband
as Mr. Tuttle
Toni Reimer
as Motorcycle Woman
Ted Felbel
as Elderly Man with Walker
Charles Crossin
as Department Store Clerk
Chuck Robinson
as Farmer on Thresher
Kalyn Bomback
as Waitress
Martin Roach
as Loan Officer
Alberta Watson
as Barbara Pratt
Alex Borstein
as Mrs. Lange
Marc DeVigne
as Cameron Pratt
Courtney-Jane White
as Cameron's Girlfriend
John Bluethner
as State Trooper
Lelsie Bais
as Ted's Wife
Harry Nelken
as Taxi Driver
Bruce McGill
as Robert Pratt
Julie Pederson
as Attractive Woman in Bar
Tracy McMahon
as Woman Reading at Bar
Paul Christie
as Jonathan
Janaya Stephens
as Alison Pratt
Gordie Farrell
as Motorcycle Man
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  • Aug 19, 2014
    JG-L carried the load in a few good indies from the 2000s, namely 'Brick' and here in 'The Lookout'. The story doesn't move slowly but wisely takes its time developing characters so that we understand why they make their fateful choices later on. Jeff Daniels is at his best as JG-L's blind but perceptively wiseass roommate, and there's a thug named Bones who looks exactly like Rush's Geddy Lee(!) Quality direction too, the sensation of driving through a cloud of fireflies rendered particularly memorable.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2013
    This is much more of a character study than it is a thriller with the first half of the film dedicated to just getting you to know the characters and their lives before the drama truly starts. I honestly didn't know where the story was going to go, but I was engrossed because of the nuanced performances of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels. The thrills and plot don't really kick in for about 35-40 minutes, but once they do the pacing takings a turn and really ratchets up the suspense. This is a great thriller reminiscent of Memento because of the similar circumstances of the main characters. Levitt plays a character who ends up with significant damage from a car wreck that makes it to where he cannot sequence events properly or handle everyday things without a little bit of a struggle. Much of the suspense and unpredictability of the film comes from not knowing whether his character knows what to do or not. It adds an extra level beyond the standard plot. Matthew Goode adds in a chilling performance as the leader of the bad guys who convince Levitt to help them rob the bank he works for at night as the janitor. The dialogue is well written and the story keeps you on your toes throughout. This is also one of the few times where I really enjoyed the ending. The main characters come full circle and it's just fun to see. I can't ask for much more from a movie like this.
    Josh L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2012
    A taut thriller with great performances, but nothing about 'The Lookout' is extraordinarily memorable or wholly unique. A good script and a decent film, but there is something all too familiar and unoriginal about it, as if its been done before. We've all seen thrillers like this time and time again.
    Kase V Super Reviewer

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