Public Access
Public Access (1993)

Before making their Oscar-winning film The Usual Suspects, director Bryan Singer and writer Christopher McQuarrie made their first film -- this low-budget independent feature and Grand Jury Prize winner at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 13, 2004
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy
Variety

[Public Access] is serious-minded and bounces around some provocative ideas, but is vague about such important matters as key story points, motivation and overriding theme.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

As it stands, liberals will feel like the butt of a politically incorrect joke, and conservatives will refuse to recognize Whiley as a kindred spirit. The apolitical will be put off by the director's arty footwork in the service of shadow-satire.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Upon watching Public Access, it's pretty clear why this film never went anywhere at the time it was made, even though it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

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Time Out

It's engrossing, and Marquette is a genuinely scary customer, a dry-cleaned all-American sociopath.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

Whiley Pritcher is about as pure evil as you are going to see on the screen. Ron Marquette achieves a high level of creepiness in this performance and the rest of the actors are also quite good.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Public Access is a prime example of the kind of elliptical storytelling that has become so popular these days and though it suffers some consequential narrative ambiguities, they do not mar the film's overall impact.

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Empire Magazine

An uneasy film which sets the viewer up for some surprises and delivers on that promise. Let down, however, by a weak cast of unknowns.

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Film4

Slow and a little smug, but the film-makers' imagination saves the day.

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Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews

When it comes right down to it, though, Access isn't accessible enough, and it doesn't sprint to the finish.

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Flixster Audience Score: 27% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
In 1995, director Bryan Singer delivered one of the finest crime films - not too mention one of cinema's killer twists - in "The Usual Suspects".… More