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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 5, 2014
Director Joe Charbanic is saddled with an emotionally empty script by David Elliot and Clay Ayers, which matches Reeves's emotionally empty performance quite nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Tired plot and disastrous casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
If I never see another scene in which a woman is bound and gagged, while her killer struts around the room basking in his own psychotic cleverness, I won't mind a bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
John Venable
September 23, 2006
Not half bad as a rental.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
December 10, 2005
Nasty, sadistic, ugly and pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
One of the lamest serial killer thrillers of the post-Silence of the Lambs era.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 25, 2003
You can't buy Keanu as a sadist, but you do worry about the guys who wrote the screenplay.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 16, 2002
Dreadful performances, scanty motivation and excruciating dialogue.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
The script sucks, the directing sucks, and, as much as I do like him, Keanu sucks.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 24, 2001
Peters out like a late-night drunk when its threadbare plot and poorly drawn supporting characters start to stand out like a row of empty shot glasses.
| Original Score: 59/100
Jason Korsner
April 17, 2001
The most fun you can have with this insultingly formulaic and utterly predictable film is trying to guess which cliché will be next.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Daniel Papkin
April 17, 2001
A leaden, somber and suspenseless thriller.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
March 24, 2001
The scenario involving a seductive predator obsessed with female loners is not coherent enough to seduce an audience.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
March 16, 2001
Utiliza el gastado recurso argumental de que tanto el bueno como el malo se necesitan mutuamente para poder existir
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
all the self-consciously hip style in the world isn't enough to compensate for an inert story that has no real destination
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 1, 2000
[Keanu's] line readings, aiming for a mixture of suavity and creepiness, just sound silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
The Watcher proves to be low on suspense and high on contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
January 1, 2000
Exactly the kind of movie you might happen upon while watching Cinemax in your hotel room and think, 'This'll do till Conan comes on.'
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Reeves, as the killer, has the fairly thankless task of saying only what the movie needs him to say; he's limited by the fact that his killer has no real dimension or personality apart from his function as a plot device.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Robert Horton
January 1, 2000
The thinking is, if faced with a dead sequence in the editing room, flood it with light, or break it up with jump cuts, or leech the color out, or blur the image in some arty way. Whatever. It still looks dead.
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