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Surveillance Reviews

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S. James Snyder
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 13, 2011
This strange thriller mixes a penchant for grittiness with the surreal and very very dark stylings of David Lynch, who happens to be the father of the director...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 18, 2009
[S]low-boil sinister, delivering the kind of simmering menace that few films can bother to take the time for these days...
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 8, 2009
Some will be unable to appreciate the movie's savagery on any level. Others will find it affecting and uncompromising, the kind of movie that plunges you into a nightmare and ratchets up the intensity until you're grateful for a moment's respite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 17, 2009
In this long-time-coming sophomore film, Lynch exercises powers of her own. She gets repellant, seductive, sympathetic performances from her actors. Ormond and Pullman are frightfully good at teasing intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
July 3, 2009
A wholly engaging partial misfire, if that makes sense -- a spare yet stylish marginal recommendation that connects due to its provocative premise and ruminations on violence, and the considerations that spawns.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 3, 2009
A grubby, disturbing serial-killer mystery, a kind of blood-simple Rashomon.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 3, 2009
Surveillance is a crafty crime film with an involving setup and a ridiculous payoff, but there's enough here to make it worth a viewing at least on DVD or cable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine
June 26, 2009
Performances are outstanding across the board.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 26, 2009
The picture is twisted and disturbing and funny. Director Jennifer Lynch has pushed the material to the wall -- she has a gift for violence and perversity, and she never pulls back.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Chris Cabin
June 25, 2009
Surveillance isn't rewriting history, but it's a solid, entertaining third draft.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
June 25, 2009
Two-thirds of Surveillance is taut and absorbing, yet the cheap third act twist feels tacked on from a lesser talent, say one whose last name rhymes with 'Pshyamalan.'
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
June 25, 2009
Doesn't exactly leap off the screen as a diamond example of procedural crime busting cinema, but taken as the next professional step for Lynch, it's an efficient mood piece, setting out to unnerve and baffle, and achieving most of its goals.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
June 24, 2009
One of those love it/hate it movies that leaves you feeling shaken because it presents such a dark vision of the world. Enter at your own risk.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
June 22, 2009
When Surveillance is good, it's a gory, pleasurable ride. When it's not -- it's just gory. But more often than not, it delivers on the camp.
Nick Schager
June 19, 2009
A nasty little slice of backwater depravity.
Jon Frosch
Film Journal International
June 17, 2009
Jennifer Lynch's nasty little crime procedural is not much more than an exercise, but it's a vivid, smartly executed and refreshingly eccentric one.
Harvey S. Karten
June 2, 2009
Jennifer Lynch, daughter of David Lynch, proves to be a chip off the old block in this tense, delightfully over-the-top police thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Geoff Berkshire
May 29, 2009
Lynch has clearly learned from her father's knack for crafting eerily unsettling movies, although her instincts seem to favor solid genre thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
May 12, 2009
Beneath the film's surface appeal as a twisty, morbidly funny freak-out lies a weightier theme on the resilience of children.
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