Arlington Road
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In this tense thriller, a man begins to suspect his neighbors are not what they appear to be -- and their secrets could be deadly. Michael Faraday (played by Jeff Bridges) is a college professor whose wife, an FBI agent, was killed in the line of duty by members of an extremist right-wing terrorist group, leaving him to raise their nine-year-old son by himself. One day, he saves the life of a boy he sees on the street. The child turns out to be the son of his new neighbors, Oliver and Cheryl Lang (Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack). Michael soon becomes friendly with the grateful Langs, who seem as… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The machinations and manipulations built into the story it spins are simply too obvious to be taken to heart."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"The climax is so implausible we stop caring and start scratching our heads!"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Stylish and unsettling."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It merely exploits our fears and emotions to jerk us around."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"...serves little more than forgettable rental fodder for some evening when you are in the mood for mindless junk food."
‑ John A. Nesbit,
"Arlington Road is a movie trying so hard for intelligence, quality and deeper meanings, you can almost sense the strain under the celluloid."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The premise is intriguing and the acting of Bridges and Robbins is decent, but the director Pellington's execution leaves much to be desired."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Darker and more intimate than you expect."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Apesar da narrativa morna e nada sutil, o final do filme redime parte dos fracassos do projeto."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A gripping political thriller about the dangers of domestic terrorism and the paranoia of those who see danger everywhere."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An engrossing thriller!"
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Scary movie about terrorism. Not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A tight, well-rounded piece of suspense/thriller filmmaking with an electric performance by Bridges."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"It never really gets inside us, mostly due to its overheated direction and endless Hitchcockian references."
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"...could have been a superb dark fantasy, but takes its own malarkey seriously."
‑ Tom Block,
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