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Academy Award-winning Exorcist director William Friedkin scuttles deep into the darkest recesses of the traumatized human psyche with this tale of a lonely bartender haunted by the long-ago disappearance of her young son, and the paranoia that emerges when she enters into a tentative relationship with a deeply disturbed drifter. Adapted from the off-Broadway play by Tracy Letts, Bug centers on Agnes (Ashley Judd), who tends bar alongside pal R.C. (Lynn Collins), and has recently moved into a shoddy roadside motel in hopes of avoiding her menacing and recently paroled ex-husband, Jerry (Harry… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Friedkin's ability to ratchet up the tension without losing sight of the play's human element goes a long way. He's delivered a properly paranoid love story for a very paranoid age."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"This is a movie about the dangers of letting love rob you of your reason and cut you off from the world, and, bugs in the bloodstream or not, who hasn't been there?"
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Claustrophobic paranoia provides the squishy center of Tracy Letts's Off Broadway play, Friedkin swims in it"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Before it completely goes off the rails in its final 20 minutes, Bug generally comes off as a slow-moving yet exceedingly well-acted drama..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Thanks to Friedkin's devilish direction, and Letts's unrelenting, sharp, sad and darkly comic writing, Bug will keep you guessing till the bloody end."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com
"Beat by beat, Bug is gripping: It has that feverish compression of great theater, but director William Friedkin gets inside it, so it's never stagy."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon (who reprises his stage persona) never allow us to categorize the main characters as one-dimensional nut jobs but two emotionally fractured souls who retreat into paranoid delusion."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"While not really a "horror" film, "Bug" contains more weirdness, tension and suspense than most other "genre" releases last year."
‑ Brian Holcomb, CinemaBlend.com
"It starts off like a horror film, or like a modern-day Tennessee Williams piece and then transmutes into ... something very different indeed."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Melodramati%u010Dni, isforsirani i predvidljivi zavr%u0161etak"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Index.hr
"A film of excruciating intensity, a psychodrama that infects the imagination."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Bug won't get under your skin as much as it will assault you with its ghastly claustrophobic drama and over-the-top performances."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Letts' story is ultimately an extreme cautionary tale about how a little bit of passion can make you do magnificently fucked-up things."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"The dialogue raises the odd snigger and the final act is perhaps a little too barmy, but a committed cast and an experienced director make this a tense and effectively claustrophobic experience."
‑ Glen Ferris, Empire Magazine
"An exemplary character-driven chamber drama like we don't see much of in America."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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