75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Bob Graham
Although it takes something of a slog to get there, this thriller finally comes through where it counts.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Wesley Morris
Deceptively keen as both a paranoid political thriller and a caveat against the trustworthiness of your friends and neighbors.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Slippery issues about trust, parental responsibility, and the inalienable American right to personal and political freedom are ceded to Hollywood's inalienable right to stage high-pitched chase scenes and a shocking big finish.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Steve Davis
Amidst the rubble of political rhetoric that underlies Arlington Road, one thing is clear: The enemy is us.
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63

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A classy but over-contrived topical thriller about bomb plots and anti-government groups.
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58

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
A clumsy and incompetent thriller for nine-tenths of its length, but it has an ending so clever and that goes so wildly against expectations it almost exonerates the film.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
A successful thriller makes you forget such impossibilities, but here they poison every scene.
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A conspiracy thriller that begins well and makes good points, but it flies off the rails in the last 30 minutes.
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The screenplay stretches the viewer's credulity far beyond the breaking point, asking us to accept dozens of absurd contrivances and coincidences.
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10

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
This masterpiece started out at around three stars, but after the credits, it just got sillier and more lurid.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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