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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pullman's striking performance here is undermined by Lynch's overreliance on those same grisly shock tactics, as well as a script that fails to capitalize on a promising premise and then swiftly collapses upon the revelation of a not-so-shocking twist."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"Surveillance suggests 'Jennifer Lynchian' should be used for films that aspire to David's moody, idiosyncratic genius and fall woefully short."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"This strange thriller mixes a penchant for grittiness with the surreal and very very dark stylings of David Lynch, who happens to be the father of the director..."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"[S]low-boil sinister, delivering the kind of simmering menace that few films can bother to take the time for these days..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Some will be unable to appreciate the movie's savagery on any level. Others will find it affecting and uncompromising, the kind of movie that plunges you into a nightmare and ratchets up the intensity until you're grateful for a moment's respite."
‑ Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner
"The film's a failure."
‑ James Adams, Globe and Mail
"Its mad killers may wear masks. But the real and cheap disguise here is the film's own -- an exploitation shocker trying to pass itself off as art."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"The characters do not stand out, the drama is not compelling, and the screenplay is light on even remotely interesting dialogue."
‑ Scott Mendelson, Film Threat
"The pacing is so slow, you just want to yell out at the screen, "get on with it.""
‑ Paul Chambers, CNNRadio
"A festival of carnage that's sometimes funny and sometimes waaay over the line."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"In this long-time-coming sophomore film, Lynch exercises powers of her own. She gets repellant, seductive, sympathetic performances from her actors. Ormond and Pullman are frightfully good at teasing intimacy."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The most enjoyable way to watch Surveillance -- 'enjoyable' in the relative sense -- is to take its awfulness for granted and pay attention to everything Bill Pullman does."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"It is staggering to think that a film could be so horrifically nihilistic and so painfully boring at the same time, but Lynch has done it."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Jennifer is no David Lynch and her film, while inventive and quirky and at time quite devious, misses the organic alchemy of his films."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Surveillance is a respectable murder mystery until its contrived 'big reveal' causes it to deflate faster than an inner tube that was just sat on by a morbidly obese person."
‑ Adam Tobias, Watertown Daily Times
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