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Months after a weekend fling, Boston research scientist Paul (Alex Karpovsky, "Girls") continues to lust after his beautiful coworker Danielle (Jamie Ray Newman), nurturing his fantasies with the occasional polite exchange at work. But once she starts dating another scientist at their lab, his infatuation quickly turns into obsession - and he finds himself unable to control his desires. A slow-burn character study-turned-psychosexual thriller, co-written by Karpovsky and Garth Donovan, RUBBERNECK is a chillingly believable story of workplace romance gone wrong. (c) Tribeca

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A creepy number, half suspense drama and half brooding character study, with a strong dash of local flavor and a low-budget feel."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Immediately put me in mind of the classic slow burn of vintage thrillers like Fritz Lang's "M" and Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom"..."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Alex Karpovsky's performance digs out the character's menacing, damaged and sympathetic qualities in equal measure."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"Boston-area actor-writer-director Alex Karpovsky creates an original story of obsession, delusion and murder that is fresh and well made."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The film takes on high-concept ideas that it can't sustain, and which only make its other problems more obvious."
‑ Jesse Cataldo, Slant Magazine
"Karpovsky's pic seldom surprises, its strengths lying in a leisurely journey toward a clearly predestined denouement."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"It's dragged down by non-scene after non-scene, and filmmaking choices that don't earn their keep."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"A disturbing and deceptively subtle psychological thriller ..."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Although it's initially jarring to see Karpovsky tackle overly serious material both behind and in front of the camera, "Rubberneck" has more in common with the growing Karpovsky oeuvre than it may appear -- and even inadvertently critiques it."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"...this is impressive filmmaking, especially from a filmmaker who also delivers a complex, sympathetic performance despite his character's unsettling characteristics."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"One can only watch so many shots of the daily goings-on in a research facility without tuning out a bit."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"Both the mystery and the character piece wind up feeling incomplete."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
""Rubberneck" charts Paul's mental deterioration, the tension stretched well beyond his breaking point and my patience."
‑ Greg Evans, Bloomberg News
"With Hitchcockian self-assurance, Karpovsky is able to inject an element of surprise and uncertainty even into the film's final moments."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
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