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The Lookout Reviews

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September 19, 2016
Thanks to gripping performances from its main characters (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels) and a suspensful script, The Lookout is a truly absorbing crime drama that manages effectively to connect with the audiance.
August 21, 2016
The Lookout leaves you wanting to see it again! A must see movie!
July 23, 2016
The Lookout isn't as slick as some robbery films, and lacks action that others have, but it doesn't go for either style. It boasts extremely good character development, not just from the lead, but also the villain, and the supporting protagonist. JGL does a magnificent job of portraying a complex and original main character, one that the audience cannot help but to understand and pity.
June 24, 2016
Thanks to gripping performances from its main characters (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels) and a suspensful script, The Lookout is a truly absorbing movie that manages effectively to connect with the audiance.
June 1, 2016
Interesting story twist on the heist genre with standout performance by Gordon-Levitt.
½ May 3, 2016
Saw this on 2/5/16
After a great opening scene, the film succumbs into boring, poorly paced and largely uninvolving story, but towards its end it manages to gain some momentum. The film shows some style and is saved by terrific performances from Jeff Daniels and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
April 21, 2016
Too laid out to be mysterious, not gripping enough for a thriller, not compelling for a drama but not bad to be ignored. Depends too much on the atmosphere it has set and the characters tend to be tad too predictable but keep on trying to act mysterious. Though beautifully acted, well developed characters and the screenplay for what its worth holds together, I didn't really seem to care what happens in the end.

Chris Pratt (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) drives 3 of his friends to an accident on their prom night ending his short but a successful stint in hockey. He suffers from memory loss after the accident and cannot even remember his day-to-day activities. The story is set 4 years after the accident and now he is attending life skills classes that helps people similar to him, labels and maintains a notepad to remember his daily activities, living with a blind partner Lewis (Jeff Daniels) and works as a janitor in a bank at night. While frustrated with his hopeless life and controlling family, his life starts to look ahead when a stranger Gary (Matthew Goode) gives him an offer to rob the bank he works in (but first seduces him with Luvlee (Isla Fisher)).

The protagonist's condition is not well thought out and is used wherever convenient, some characters are just cut out from the movie abruptly like the co-survivor of the accident Janet (Carla Gugino) or Isla Fisher during the later part of the movie. The way the climax is set up, there is nothing that leaves you to guess - only surprise is that you keep thinking 'thats not gonna happen, it would be too predictable'. Acting and some character development is top notch and the runtime has nothing to complain about. If an attempt is to be very realistic (which is to most extent), it should also be tightly scripted. Otherwise it is just plain awkward.

Interesting characters, well acted but forgettable.
½ April 19, 2016
Always good to think about something I never really considered.
½ March 20, 2016
It's okay. Decent performances from the cast enhances its personal story but the lack of anything truly memorable means there's no need to look out for 'The Lookout'.
December 25, 2015
I love this movie. A movie that skate make my eye water. Embarrassing.
October 6, 2015
Well done,tense and suspenseful slow burn of a throwback type thriller.Character driven little gem that's well worth the investment you'll put into it.
½ August 10, 2015
The Lookout is a superb heist drama/thriller which is built upon the brilliant idea of character Chris Pratt, who is smartly acted by the talented Gordon-Levitt. The background of this character together with his blind friend is the spine of this movie and is what really engaged my interest. The heist side of things including the ending was fairly average and cliched but it has a great build up and does something different with the genre. Its has a stellar cast and is well shot in a noir style. This movie has gone fairly unnoticed but is an intelligent movie which deserves its plaudits.
½ July 10, 2015
A heist film that works best as a gritty drama about resolving inner conflict, "The Lookout" becomes more and more intriguing as it thickens, and is made very engrossing by performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matthew Goode.
May 24, 2015
The believability of Scott Frank's movie is very questionable, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt's charisma makes the film work.
May 16, 2015
Another great movie for 2007. The movie works well as a thriller, but the real achievement goes to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whose performance is genuine and deserves an Oscar nomination. One of the best modern heists pictures out now.
January 13, 2015
The Lookout is a thriller with very good performances by Gordon-Levitt and Daniels and memorable characters.
½ January 4, 2015
Memento this is not. That said, it is an enjoyable crime drama with plenty of little moments that show this is superior to the standard heist movie. Few people do creepy better than Matthew Goode and the strong cast certainly helps the pace motor along.
Super Reviewer
January 2, 2015
A decent drama/thriller movie about a young guy with some problem with his life after a tragedy/car accident with loose of friends. He tries to recover mostly with the mental thing etc.. and starts working on a bank but soon he gets some new problems.. Overall a well made movie and i liked it.
Super Reviewer
½ December 21, 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.
December 8, 2014
A perfect thriller with a very good character development .. Brilliant performance from Joseph Gordon Levitt.
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