Cry of the Owl
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A man with a troubled past becomes the prime suspect in a small-town murder case. Adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Cry of the Owl tells the tale of Robert Forrester (Paddy Considine), a man who flees from the city and his marriage in search of solitude. Eventually, Robert winds up in a quaint community and becomes drawn to Jenny (Julia Stiles), a pretty local whose simple existence holds a unique appeal to the former big-city dweller. When Jenny notices Robert peering in through her kitchen window, she senses that he doesn't mean her harm and strikes up a conversation.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfortunately, another bird beside an owl comes to mind to describe this misbegotten feature: a turkey."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"The Cry of the Owl, much like Highsmith's virtually unreadable book, is saddled with an absolutely ludicrous premise that proves an immediate detriment to one's enjoyment of the film..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"To his credit, writer-director Jamie Thraves avoids the absurd twists and abrupt jolts audiences have come to expect from thrillers, instead maintaining a slow, deliberate burn."
‑ Kevin Williamson, Jam! Movies
"Overall, it's the kind of technically proficient, deliberately paced, grim sleepwalk that leaves one cold rather than cracked open."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"... preserves the doom and the emotional irrationality of Highsmith in this remarkably faithful adaptation, but never manages to capture the terrible helplessness and hopelessness..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Considine -- a UK actor who's usually great -- rubs the Midlands out of his accent so vigorously he winds up tone-deaf and textureless."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"Promising but ultimately frustrating."
‑ Tim Grierson, L.A. Weekly
"It's not an entirely boring or offensive movie, just a rather distant and detached one."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
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