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When charismatic vagrant Whiley Pritcher (Ron Marquette) arrives at a small, sleepy town, he promptly starts a disturbing public access television program. The show, "Our Town," becomes an explosively popular hit and a piercing investigative platform for locals to air their grievances about life in their deceptively idyllic community. Yet, as scandals surface and tensions progressively rise, the citizenry begins to wonder if Whiley is driven by some unsettling hidden agenda.

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (5)

  • An uneasy film which sets the viewer up for some surprises and delivers on that promise. Let down, however, by a weak cast of unknowns.

    March 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [Public Access] is serious-minded and bounces around some provocative ideas, but is vague about such important matters as key story points, motivation and overriding theme.

    October 27, 2010
  • It's engrossing, and Marquette is a genuinely scary customer, a dry-cleaned all-American sociopath.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Public Access is a prime example of the kind of elliptical storytelling that has become so popular these days and though it suffers some consequential narrative ambiguities, they do not mar the film's overall impact.

    April 11, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • As it stands, liberals will feel like the butt of a politically incorrect joke, and conservatives will refuse to recognize Whiley as a kindred spirit. The apolitical will be put off by the director's arty footwork in the service of shadow-satire.

    March 12, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Whiley Pritcher is about as pure evil as you are going to see on the screen. Ron Marquette achieves a high level of creepiness in this performance and the rest of the actors are also quite good.

    November 7, 2010 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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  • Mar 27, 2011
    In 1995, director Bryan Singer delivered one of the finest crime films - not too mention one of cinema's killer twists - in "The Usual Suspects". Before that, he cut his teeth on this low-budget, independant suspense tale. Whiley Pritcher (Ron Marquette) is an enigmatic stranger who arrives in the small American town of 'Brewster' and starts up a public television show asking the local residents "what's wrong with Brewster?" Not before long, the residents are all calling in, revealing secrets about their neighbours and causing dark fueds, in this once idyllic town. Although this film was done in the early 90's it has a very dated 80's look to it. Despite this, you can still see the early promise from Bryan Singer. It's competantly shot and achieves quite an eerie feel to the whole thing. This little tale would have made a great Twilight Zone episode but as a feature length film, it doesn't quite have enough in the tank for it to hold your interest over a short but somehow protracted 87mins running time. Amature acting is a major letdown also but it's always interesting to see where a career began and Singer certainly shows flourishes of his crime classic to come. It builds slowly and assuredly and it's intriguing premise draws you in, but it ultimately loses it's way and ends with a wimper.
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 04, 2008
    This movie is just wierd... dont waste any of your precious time on this movie!
    Nikki M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2008
    debut from bryan singer, a low indie effort, concerning a mysterious figure coming to a town and setting him self up on public acess television, then ripping into the townsfolk, about whats wrong with there town, and stirring emotions as truths come out, not entirely sucessful, but for its budget, its well made, there is a interesting story going on, if not explored fully, and there seems room for story to develope more, but a interesting concept all the same, and a interesting watch to see singer start off before his masterpiece, the usual suspects, also, listen carefully for voice off one caller to his show, none other than kevin spacey, before he also hit the big time with usual suspects
    scott g Super Reviewer

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