83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A grubby, disturbing serial-killer mystery, a kind of blood-simple "Rashomon."
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60

Village Voice

By Melissa Anderson
Surveillance is the work of a director who has made significant strides in both storytelling and control of the medium, deftly interweaving a grisly thriller, a sicko "Rashômon," a switcheroo, a psychotic love story, an imaginative paean to children, and an inspired resurrection of Julia Ormond.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Surveillance will please the B-movie crowd in theaters and on into the ancillaries
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50

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Either a ludicrously bad movie or a parody of same. Either way, it's pretty funny.
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40

Variety

A mildly amusing trifle with one of the genre's dafter plot twists.
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40

Film Threat

In the end, Surveillance is a puzzle box film that has nothing to offer except the various puzzle pieces. The characters do not stand out, the drama is not compelling, and the screenplay is light on even remotely interesting dialogue.
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30

Los Angeles Times

At the end, all is horrifically explained, the body count inflates, yet hardly anything makes sense. In Papa Lynch's films, little is explained, yet because he's so gifted at mining our deepest fears and scariest desires, logic is excused.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The most enjoyable way to watch Surveillance - "enjoyable," in the relative sense - is to take its awfulness for granted and pay attention to everything Bill Pullman does.
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25

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Whether madcap parody – the "American Psycho" of G-man flicks – or walk on the wild side of Lynch's obsessions, the film's a failure.
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20

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The performances are dreadful, the direction shoddy and the final twist so idiotic, your mind can’t help but drift toward all the better scripts just waiting, sadly and silently, for the chance wasted here.
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31 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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