Seconds
Seconds (1966)

Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) is a listless Manhattan businessman who lives with his wife in the New York suburbs. One day, he runs into an old friend (Murray Hamilton) whom he thought had died. The friend leads him to The Company, a… More

Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: January 8, 2002
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
90%
Flixster
User Score
88%



Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Featuring dazzling, disorienting cinematography from the great James Wong Howe and a strong lead performance by Rock Hudson, Seconds is a compellingly paranoid take on the legend of Faust.

Variety Staff
Variety

US suburbia boredom is treated in an original manner in this cross between a sci-fi opus, a thriller, a suspense pic and a parable on certain aspects of American middle-class life.

Full review…
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

The film's greatest strength is its dynamic black and white cinematography courtesy of James Wong Howe, who instills the film with an intense, paranoid feel.

Full review…
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters

A bleak and noirish Frankenstein thriller whose DNA is threaded with zeitgeist-heavy satire.

Full review…
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The screenplay ollapses into musty moralizing in the second half, and director John Frankenheimer throws in the towel.

Full review…
Matthew Sorrento
Film International

[C]hange comes only before the cradle and after the grave ... consumerism processes identity until it's oversold.

Full review…
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The summit of Frankenheimer's Sixties unease

Full review…
Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Little wonder it flopped at the time, only to be cherished by a later generation.

Full review…
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

A fun house mirror world that never looks quite right because it never is, and never was.

Full review…
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Frankenheimer fashioned a trippy motion picture that was clearly ahead of its time, even if just by a few years (the 1970s would be crammed with post-Watergate paranoia pictures such as The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor).

Full review…
More reviews for Seconds

Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
A great atmospheric psychological thriller in the vain of Orson Welles' The Trail. Also features the first use of the Snori-Cam (to the best of my… More
Cindy I
Riveting suspense thriller about a middle-aged man who takes the opportunity to exchange his mediocre humdrum life for something supposedly better. The best… More
Drew Smith
Bold, highly psychological science fiction that might have gone on to enjoy a cult reputation if 2001 hadn't stolen its thunder two years later. Seconds is… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Hallucinatory and craftily directed thriller. Seemingly inspired by Orson Welles' method, and particularly his take on Kafka's The Trial, using the… More
AJ Verser
This movie's plot reminds me of so many other movies I've seen more recently, I wondered if this was were they got their ideas? I hope not, this… More
jay nixon
pitch black and depressing, well acted but a bleak viewing experience.