Bug (2006)

A lonely waitress with a tragic past, Agnes rooms in a run-down motel, living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled ex-husband. But, when Agnes begins a tentative romance with Peter, an eccentric, nervous drifter, she starts to feel… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: September 25, 2007
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 61% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Disappointing resolution aside, Bug uses its claustrophobic setting and cinéma vérité camerawork to tense, impressive effect.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

Full review…
Scott Weinberg

This "smaller" experiment turns out to be William Friedkin's best film in over 20 years.

Full review…
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A film of excruciating intensity, a psychodrama that infects the imagination.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

Bug won't get under your skin as much as it will assault you with its ghastly claustrophobic drama and over-the-top performances.

Full review…
Fernando F. Croce

Claustrophobic paranoia provides the squishy center of Tracy Letts's Off Broadway play, Friedkin swims in it

Full review…
Dana Stevens

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?

Full review…
Susan Walker
Toronto Star

The cheesy soundtrack and the lacklustre acting undermine [director Friedkin's] efforts at turning an intelligent play into a scary movie.

Full review…
Brian Holcomb

While not really a "horror" film, "Bug" contains more weirdness, tension and suspense than most other "genre" releases last year.

Full review…
More reviews for Bug

Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
paul oh
My high rating comes from the film's direction and the acting rather than the film's story. Director William Friedkin sets up an insane scenario for… More
Mark Walker
When Bug was released in 2006, I all but ignored it, thinking it was going to be nothing more than a cheap, straight to DVD horror flick with giant… More
Jack Hawkins
'Bug' concerns Agnes White (Ashley Judd), a lonely woman living in a motel room who meets Peter Evans (Michael Shannon), an unnerving but apparently… More
Directors Cat
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] It's often quite hard to take Bug seriously because of the overly frantic… More
Dan Schultz
A ballsy, ambitious little horror film that has potential but never reaches it, concerning a lonely bartender (Ashley Judd) who takes in a troubled drifter… More
Alex roy
I think the misconception that people have with Bug is that they expected a straight forward horror film. Well, Bug is most certainly that, and more. After… More