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Seconds Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
September 8, 2014
The film's greatest strength is its dynamic black and white cinematography courtesy of James Wong Howe, who instills the film with an intense, paranoid feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Sorrento
Film International
December 2, 2013
[C]hange comes only before the cradle and after the grave ... consumerism processes identity until it's oversold.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
September 9, 2013
A fun house mirror world that never looks quite right because it never is, and never was.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
August 30, 2013
A bleak and noirish Frankenstein thriller whose DNA is threaded with zeitgeist-heavy satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 18, 2013
The summit of Frankenheimer's Sixties unease
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 17, 2013
Frankenheimer fashioned a trippy motion picture that was clearly ahead of its time, even if just by a few years (the 1970s would be crammed with post-Watergate paranoia pictures such as The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
August 13, 2013
From the opening-credits sequence, Seconds mangles and distends the windows of perception until viewers get immersed in [Arthur's] sweat-soaked nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
August 9, 2013
No other film I've seen quite captures the feeling of being trapped like Seconds does. Frankenheimer puts it all together with splintered editing that is as bold as it is disorienting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
March 2, 2008
Creepy, Twilight Zone-type tale starring Rock Hudson, directed by John Frankenheimer.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
September 23, 2007
US suburbia boredom is treated in an original manner in this cross between a sci-fi opus, a thriller, a suspense pic and a parable on certain aspects of American middle-class life.

TV Guide
May 29, 2007
The film features a surprisingly good performance by Rock Hudson, an impeccable supporting cast and stunning cinematography by screen veteran James Wong Howe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
May 29, 2007
The screenplay ollapses into musty moralizing in the second half, and director John Frankenheimer throws in the towel.
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Little wonder it flopped at the time, only to be cherished by a later generation.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
June 26, 2004
Frankenheimer directed, but cinematographer James Wong Howe set the tone and provided whatever's memorable. Which isn't much.
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 23, 2004
Never has Oscar Wilde's caveat about being careful what you wish for been so chillingly portrayed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
March 9, 2004
Features some great technical credits, with rich black-and-white cinematography and deep-focus from James Wong Howe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 12, 2003
Gets under your skin like a nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
June 2, 2003
Criminally underseen sci-fi masterpiece.
| Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 10, 2003
...a progressively tedious piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
September 27, 2002
An ultimately terrifying thriller ... featuring Rock Hudson's lone great performance.
| Original Score: 5/5
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