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September 30, 2013
Fairly common-or-garden crime-thriller. Nothing new or really original. Performances are OK, but you feel they are just going through the motions.
January 3, 2013
What started out as a strong thriller, falls to pieces towards the very end. This was the director of Friday the 13th(Sean S. Cunningham) shot at the big times with this adaptation of the Mary Higgins Clark novel(the second film attempt was the little seen, Where are the Children? from 1986 with Jill Clayburgh.)Here Rip Torn, a very underrated actor, chews the scenery as a kidnapper and murderer. He kidnapps reporter Kate Mulgrew and the daughter of her boyfriend. It becomes a race against time to save them both. The performaces by the others are good, and the musical score is effective-but the movie lacks bite. Could have been a great thriller.
June 5, 2012
I guess after the critical drubbing Sean Cunningham took for "Friday the 13th", he felt the need to prove himself. He wanted to make a mainstream suspense film, light on gore and heavy on thrills. This is the resulting film, and it's as tepid and tame as his last film was controversial. There is an interesting premise here, and the kidnapping plot is believable and plausible. Unfortunately, the script doesn't flesh out that story well enough to keep the viewer involved.

It's not surprisingly based on a novel by Mary Higgins Clark, the queen of mediocre suspense novels, and I'm sure there would be a lot more bland suspense movies in the works if she had her way. Rip Torn is a fine actor, but he's wasted here as the kidnapper. He has a lot of potential to go over-the-edge and really take this performance to the next level, but it never happens. Thankfully, Cunningham slips back to his old ways and spices this up with some nifty, unnecessary gory murders. But the rest of this is strictly made-for-television territory.

It is kind of disappointing since the plot set-up is better than average, but the movie gets lost along the way. There's a lot of potential for "A Stranger is Watching" to be better than it's source material, but despite some good moments, there's not a lot to like here.
½ November 22, 2011
I was actually pretty entertained with Rip Torn as a crazy antagonist chasing around after Mrs. Columbo, er, that is to say Kate Mulgrew.

Decent enough made for TV fare, give it a peep on a boring afternoon.
April 2, 2011
Just dull. What sounds like a set-up for something halfway decent ends looking and feeling like a boring TV movie. Don't go into this expecting to see any scenery-chewing by Rip Torn or you will be sorely disappointed.
Super Reviewer
March 28, 2011
An okay thriller, I thought it was going to be a horror movie from the title, but even though it was somewhat scary, it's a thriller, not a horror movie. The actors do a fine job, but they don't have much to do. The movie is entirely predictable. Overall, it's just okay.
January 7, 2010
this is quite an amazing movie and very ahead of its time.very suspenseful and makes perfect sense.
Super Reviewer
December 11, 2009
The plot sounds good the movie itself boring.
October 25, 2009
Watched it alone at night and it scared the hell out of me!
August 26, 2009
Sean S Cunnigham's follow-up to Friday the 13th is a fairly atmospheric suspense film.
November 21, 2008
not greatm, but has some great suspence and an eerie atmosphere
June 5, 2008
Not interested in watching
½ March 26, 2008
Pretty scary and fun at the same time
November 1, 2007
Not interested. In general I don't like horror movies.
September 17, 2007
sounds interesting but it doesnt sound worth watching.
August 22, 2007
My dad has it recorded, I just have yet to see it.
June 6, 2007
i want to see that too!!
June 5, 2007
Not seen this yet, but love to watch it.
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