The Watcher Reviews

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April 25, 2003
You can't buy Keanu as a sadist, but you do worry about the guys who wrote the screenplay.
April 17, 2001
The most fun you can have with this insultingly formulaic and utterly predictable film is trying to guess which clich will be next.
January 1, 2000
First-time director Joe Charbanic seems to have watched too many music videos.
January 1, 2000
The Watcher will have written itself in your head by your third handful of popcorn.
January 1, 2000
It's a mystery why anybody -- the director, the cast -- would want to devote a significant chunk of their lives to this murky tale.
January 1, 2000
A shockingly, unbelievably bad movie.
January 1, 2000
Has 'direct to video' stamped all over it.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
He likes to watch, but you might not.
January 1, 2000
To borrow a phrase from another Chicagoan, John Belushi, The Watcher is a 'but nooooo' movie.
January 1, 2000
While intelligently plotted and well-acted by James Spader, Keanu Reeves and Marisa Tomei, it is neither acutely suspenseful nor particularly thrilling but instead mainly numbing.
January 1, 2000
[Keanu's] line readings, aiming for a mixture of suavity and creepiness, just sound silly.
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.
January 1, 2000
Multiple candles may be a universal symbol in movies (and rock videos) for romance and spirituality. But they're useless in illuminating the deadness of The Watcher.
January 1, 2000
The Watcher proves to be low on suspense and high on contrivances.
January 1, 2000
A hodgepodge of half-baked visual styles. Not many thrills, either.
January 1, 2000
A crass, mechanical attempt at a thriller that should have gone straight to video.
January 1, 2000
The Watcher is a numbingly familiar exercise in fear, disgorging regular doses of grisly violence buoyed by precious little plot and pitifully thin character development.
January 1, 2000
A minor, but watchable, melodrama.
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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