Suspect Zero
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Directed by E. Elias Merhige, Suspect Zero follows the disgraced FBI Agent Thomas Mackelway (Aaron Eckhart), who was transferred to a desolate area in Albuquerque, New Mexico as punishment for botching a procedure which ultimately led to the release of one of the most notorious criminals on the FBI's list. Mackelway is given an opportunity to redeem himself, however, when he is called in to investigate the strange murder of a traveling salesman. Mysteriously, the mark of a circle with a line through it is the only clue that the killer left behind. Before long, the prime suspect is… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Slips on the banana peel of exaggerated fear factor, falling facedown with the introduction of an über-creep serial killer (Ben Kingsley) grimly stalking some hapless prey."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"A grisly, depraved and wholly uninvolving exercise in empty mannerism."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Essentially an X-files episode that wishes it were as disturbing and visually arresting as David Fincher's Seven (it's not)."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"A poor man's 'Silence of the Lambs' crossed with 'Insomnia.' And that makes it at least a decent popcorn movie."
‑ Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Mercury
"Merhige treats the laughable plot as if it were high existential drama. He smothers what might have been a solid B picture in relentless art-house pretension."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"[A] visually jarring, psychologically daring trip that explores terror in a fresh, if crazy, manner."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Suspect Zero is that rare case of a dull idea redeemed by sharp talent."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
" of those seemingly foolproof flicks that just doesn't work..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The whole thing would have been over a lot quicker if they had only called in Mulder and Scully."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"The film is undeniably flawed, yet the things that work do so beautifully."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Its junkiness shines through its posh patina. Exploitation is just no fun anymore, now that it's all so damn tasteful."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"A violent, depressing and often ridiculous waste of time."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The self-consciously arty thriller is a sort of one-size-fits-all audience horror orgy, with an intriguing mix of fixations"
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Suspect Zero is trying so hard to be deliberately stylish that it forgets there's an interesting premise underneath all that vanity."
‑ Guylaine Cadorette,
"The mood is spooky, the murk ominous."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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