75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Though Civic Duty seems to be a study in paranoid psychosis, it has just enough ambiguity to make you wonder if it isn't something else. You'll still be wondering when it's all over.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
While the film doesn't fully succeed in its striving for a Hitchcock-style ambiguity in its storytelling, it is consistently engrossing in its exploration of the fine line between civic duty and vigilantism.
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58

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
Ultimately less psychological thriller than polemic about the effects of living in an atmosphere of paranoia fed by daily threat-level assessments and round-the-clock TV news-channel coverage of fear-mongering speeches.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Director Jeff Renfroe and screenwriter Andrew Joiner's flashy psychological thriller wants to say something important about the dangers of a fear-mongering media and resultant ethnic profiling in an age of terrorism, but their warnings are undone by a tricky plot that tries to have it both ways while leaving the audience arguing among themselves as to what it all means.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A noble try that disappoints.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Civic Duty stands out amid the new wave of terrorism-paranoia thrillers. It's a taut drama set primarily within the confines of two apartments in the same urban building complex and keeps the viewer guessing until the end regarding the reliability of its two central protagonists.
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38

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
It wants to make an important political statement, which might have been dandy if it had anything remotely cogent to say.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Faced with a limited location and concept, Renfroe points his camera everywhere: The movie's seriously overshot, never settling for one angle when five would do.
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38

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
A clammy little number that might've been funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
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38

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Peter Krause, the fine actor from "Six Feet Under," gives a one-note performance that seriously undermines Civic Duty, a thriller mining minimal dramatic payoff from the potentially potent subject of post-9/11 paranoia.
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48 out of 100
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