Civic Duty
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Where does legitimate concern end and paranoia begin? A man finds himself walking that fine line in this tense independent drama. Terry Allen (Peter Krause) is an accountant who lives a seemingly ordinary life until he loses his job. Unable to buy the new house he was hoping to get for his fiancée, Marla (Kari Matchett), Terry spends most of time in his apartment, looking for job leads, sending out resumés, and feeling increasingly powerless. As Terry watches more and more stories about the war on terror on cable news channels, he begins developing an intense suspicion of his new neighbor Gabe… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A flawed but worthwhile examination of paranoia and clashing cultures in the 21st century."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The film's pace lags toward the end, but its grasp of manufactured fear's dreary pervasiveness never falters."
‑ Mark Holcomb, Time Out New York
"mostly suffers from overwriting"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Terrorism can make you crazy. Or more accurately, U.S. media hype about terrorism can drive you to believe."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
""Rear Window" updated to post 9-11 corporate downsizing has too many mixed messages to convey the simple fear of a classic thriller."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"All that flash serves to prop up what's in essence a one-act play, constructed around a political message that's telegraphed from the start."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"The vivid sense of time and place is the best thing about the initially promising, ultimately irritating psychological thriller Civic Duty."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"If we can ignore the plot's too-often dips into cliché, we just might walk away with a lot on our minds."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Andrew Joiner's clever and layered screenplay just may be one of the best of the year, particularly as it requires thought and may even spark debate."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"There's the faint air of a solid cable movie about Civic Duty...but the questions it raises are provocative enough to make it worth seeing."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"It does build up considerable suspense and tension; Renfroe has learned well from Hitchcock."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"As thoughtful as it means to be -- its agenda is outlined by on-the-nose dialogue from its characters -- Civic Duty does little to go beyond this premise."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Eventually it all boils down to cliché, with home invasions by Terry, physical confrontations between Terry and Gabe, a hostage situation, a main character getting gunned down, and all the other standard thriller tropes that might excite the kind of audie"
‑ Scott Collura, IGN Movies
"Krause and his character are the entire movie. Watching him fall apart is fascinating and the ending has a particularly nice, if expected, twist."
‑ Eric Lurio, Entertainment Insiders
"Until it becomes simply a hostage dilemma, the film maintains an uneasy air of mystery and suspicion."
‑ Boo Allen, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
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