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Tommy Cowley lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex with his highly pregnant wife. The couple is attacked one day by a group of hooded young thugs, and after a shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. So shaken by the events that he's developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy alternates days hiding out indoors in his new flat from imagined threats and intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy. When the same hooded gang, seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter, begins terrorizing his life again, he's torn between his… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite its defiantly un-PC 'fear-a-hoodie' message, the film nails its urban setting, filling every frame with a richly sustained sense of despair, decay and dread."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
""Citadel" attempts to transform mundane anxieties into the stuff of a horror film. But the initial tension of the premise dissipates like a slow leak."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"A familiar story of sinister creature frights and psychological horror gets a little boost from a gloomy mood of urban decay and isolation."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"[A] confused, mostly clunky, but occasionally involving, low-budget horror/thriller ..."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"An absorbing redemption tale this may be, but one that comes with a lot of baggage."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"This is a basic story, simply and directly told by Irish writer-director Ciaran Foy."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"While Foy's efforts to create his own distinct modern urban mythos are ambitious, the result isn't entirely satisfying."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"The film's pretty repugnant if taken as social commentary, but plays with contemporary fears and anxieties incredibly effectively."
‑ Lewis Porteous, The Skinny
"Foy's talent lies in suggesting horror, not delivering it."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
"Drawing from his own experiences of agoraphobia following a brutal mugging, Foy has taken the emerging genre of "hoodie horror" and pushed it in novel and disturbing directions."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"It's all rather nausea-inducing and a bit frightening - not the film (I can only wish) but its subtextual message."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A bare-bones man-against-his-worst-fears white knuckler, shot through deep, menacing shadows."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Despite being innovatively directed and punchily edited, as a genre piece this is lacking in depth and genuine dread."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"A lean and mean horror set in a shattered city that is both all-to-recognisable as broken Britain while also feeling totally alien."
‑ Tim Evans, Sky Movies
"Plenty of pungent ideas and a nice line in urban terror. The final product falls short of the best in Brit horror, though."
‑ Owen Williams, Empire Magazine
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