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Surveillance Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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...
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
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
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+
July 3, 2009
A grubby, disturbing serial-killer mystery, a kind of blood-simple Rashomon.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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
June 25, 2009
Surveillance isn't rewriting history, but it's a solid, entertaining third draft.
| Original Score: 3/5
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+
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-
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.
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.
June 19, 2009
A nasty little slice of backwater depravity.
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.
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+
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
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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