Civic Duty Synopsis
An American bombarded with the media's obsession with terrorist plots suspects his neighbor of being a terrorist.
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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....
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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...
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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...
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A noble try that disappoints.
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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...
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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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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...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
A clammy little number that might've been funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
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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...
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By NYCReview
Saw this movie at a Time Out NY screening in Manhattan. All I can say is WHAT A RIDE! Peter Krause brings it. I sat their biting my nails, hiding like a little kid with my eyes behind my hand. The...

Edge of my seat!

By mez
I saw this movie last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. All I can say is I can't wait to see it again. I was at the edge of my seat and I never expected what happened at the end!!!...

For serious thinkers!

By snewpea
Very good movie.Leaves you thinking about our government in a different way.There's no doubt that this has probably already happened!...


By cjtolmie
Love Peter Krause but this film did nothing for me. The ending was just plaind dumb....

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Rated R | For language and some threatening situations
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Terrorism themes + paranoia = not for kids.
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