The Lookout Synopsis
A mentally challenged janitor is roped into a heist at the bank where he works.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Lookout is Frank's show. He's crafted a haunting and hypnotic film that transcends pulp by creating characters that get under your skin.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Rarely does a first-time director make as auspicious a debut as Scott Frank has done with the haunting, engrossing and intelligent thriller...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
We saw what Mr. Gordon-Levitt could do in such diverse films as "Mysterious Skin" and "Brick," and in the TV sitcom "3rd Rock From the...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Frank's dialogue owes a little something to Elmore Leonard, but it's less comic and heavily brocaded.
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TV Guide

A smart, engrossing thriller in which you care as much about the characters as the crime.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A solidly above-average thriller.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Though The Lookout is eventually a genre film, with a tense, bang-up ending, it is also a thoughtful study of a young man trying to make...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Promises minor pleasures and delivers them. In the process, it's gracious enough to kick in a few extras: a nifty central gimmick, a...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Coolly crafted crime thriller.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A thriller that wheezes along on bits and pieces of ''character.''
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Look out for Gordon-Levitt in The Lookout

By sethrich
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is outstanding in his role of a mentally disabled local hero (Chris Pratt), alongside a blind Jeff Daniels (Lewis), who would probably steal the show if he were given just a bit...

Good Movie

By 619boy531
This was a good movie, the casting was well done. The plot was also good. I'd recommend it....

Best movie of the year!

By uberdeutsch72
Absolutely enthralling. Seriously one of the best movies of the year! Gordon-Levitt is making some smart choices lately with "Brick" and then this fine film. Jeff Daniels is amazing and I couldn't...

Great thriller

By wprphd
When was the last time your heart pounded in a movie just from the your emotional involvement with the characters? No gimics, car-chases, explosions or big shockers. You really get involved with the...

I wake up, I take a shower, I use soap...

By ciscokidfpm
Isla Fisher is a babe. She looks so good; it doesn't matter how she acts. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has enough presence to carry a movie and he does well in this one. Great story and acting. Jeff Daniels...

Definitely a must see!

By kellyruehlman
Excellent movie. Very suspenseful and exciting. Very strong character development and casting. Loved every minute!...

The Lookout is worth looking at

By amaellen
Lookout is a smart, intriguing and trim movie that features wonderful performances by good guys and bad guys alike. Short on special effects and packed with good, crisp dialogue, it is an adult's...

Fabulous movie - great portrayals

By dweller
Jeff Daniels is phenomenal and the entire film is great. Just go see this!...


By annecynn
great acting, and storyline. the director really thought this out, sad movie, very sad....

The Lookout is an excellent film and good diversion from the typical studio flubs.

By KimR
Joseph Gordon Levitt makes excellent movie choices. Combine The Lookout with Brick and he's a breath of fresh air in an otherwise mind-numbingly vapid set of films released by today's "young...

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Rated R | For language, some violence and sexual content