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Suspect Zero Reviews

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 31, 2004
Slips on the banana peel of exaggerated fear factor, falling facedown with the introduction of an über-creep serial killer (Ben Kingsley) grimly stalking some hapless prey.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 30, 2004
[A] visually jarring, psychologically daring trip that explores terror in a fresh, if crazy, manner.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 28, 2004
Its junkiness shines through its posh patina. Exploitation is just no fun anymore, now that it's all so damn tasteful.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 27, 2004
A grisly, depraved and wholly uninvolving exercise in empty mannerism.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 27, 2004
Suspect Zero is that rare case of a dull idea redeemed by sharp talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 27, 2004
A violent, depressing and often ridiculous waste of time.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
August 27, 2004
Merely adequate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 27, 2004
Suspect Zero is intriguing enough to be worth deciphering. It just delivers zero scares.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 27, 2004
The movie is a black hole of failed ambition that mystifies on every level and offers zero payoff.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 27, 2004
The latest evidence that Hollywood has run the se rial-killer thriller into the ground through overuse.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
August 27, 2004
Unless this is your first serial-killer movie, you've no doubt seen it all before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 27, 2004
One of those agonizingly routine police procedurals.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 27, 2004
[A] pretentiously made and excruciatingly dull thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 27, 2004
Suspect Zero may be nonsense but at least it's not bland nonsense.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 27, 2004
Suspect Zero knows from creepy . . . and compelling.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 27, 2004
A gussied-up bore.
| Original Score: D+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 27, 2004
Suspect Zero never really escapes the shadow of Se7en but has more to say -- and show -- than most of that movie's imitators.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 27, 2004
For all its trying, Suspect Zero ultimately fails to hit home. It falls somewhere between a genre picture and arty exploration of big themes.
| Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 27, 2004
Too devised and elaborate to really engage us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 27, 2004
This movie isn't talking to us, it's talking to other serial killer movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 26, 2004
If it's true that the state of New Mexico floated an interest-free, $7.5 million loan for the makers of Suspect Zero in exchange for 2.5% of the film's profits, look for a taxpayer revolt in the Land of Enchantment.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 26, 2004
Perhaps a better title for this mess would have been Avenging Angels in America or, better yet, The Silence of the Logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 26, 2004
Finally, a serial-killer movie so preposterous it may actually put a permanent kibosh on this tediously overworked crime subgenre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2004
An apt metaphor for the times.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 26, 2004
Visually strong but ultimately hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 26, 2004
There are some surprising turns of the story, and Eckhart and Kingsley are watchable performers, but Suspect Zero never escapes the rut of a standard serial-killer whodunit.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 26, 2004
This is a movie that could give Oliver Stone a migraine.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 26, 2004
A strangely flat and ploddingly formulaic mystery.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 26, 2004
What starts out as a crafty spin on the serial killer subgenre submits to overheated convention.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 26, 2004
This is a mystery in which there is no mystery.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
August 26, 2004
I don't believe the message, least of all as Merhige obsessively paints it, in a rain-drenched genre study in which every character is photographed on a tilt, or in extreme close-up.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 26, 2004
It never builds characters to care about or a story that gets much better than its tricky, paranormal premise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 26, 2004
It's so drenched in deviant style and cinematic trickery that its peculiar story almost becomes overwhelmed.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 23, 2004
The movie exhausts its audience rather than entertains it.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
August 23, 2004
A plodding and familiar 'cop sees what the killer sees' riff that plays like a poorly inflated The X-Files episode.