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Surveillance Reviews

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S. James Snyder
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
July 24, 2009
Pullman's striking performance here is undermined by Lynch's overreliance on those same grisly shock tactics, as well as a script that fails to capitalize on a promising premise and then swiftly collapses upon the revelation of a not-so-shocking twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
July 24, 2009
The film's a failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 3, 2009
Surveillance suggests 'Jennifer Lynchian' should be used for films that aspire to David's moody, idiosyncratic genius and fall woefully short.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 3, 2009
Its mad killers may wear masks. But the real and cheap disguise here is the film's own -- an exploitation shocker trying to pass itself off as art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 3, 2009
The most enjoyable way to watch Surveillance -- 'enjoyable' in the relative sense -- is to take its awfulness for granted and pay attention to everything Bill Pullman does.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 26, 2009
Ether a ludicrously bad movie or a parody of same. Either way, it's pretty funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 26, 2009
Every so often, you come upon a movie so jaw-droppingly wrong, you wonder if your eyes are deceiving you.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 26, 2009
A would-be transgression that tries to squeeze dark laughs from the spectacle of human suffering.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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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+
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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.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
June 22, 2009
I thought this was depressing and brutal for brutality sake alone.
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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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Leslie Felperin
Variety
April 23, 2009
Horror fans are likely to guess the twist and feel bored; the more faint-of-heart may simply feel repulsed. And bored.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 2, 2009
For a time, Surveillance is sick, smart fun. But then things get weird: yes, there's a big surprise, but its playout is predictable, and nasty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out
March 6, 2009
While the narrative is hardly original - it meanders to a predictable but juicily malicious climactic twist - 'Surveillance' is never less than a compelling watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6