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Together with Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and John Singleton's Boyz 'n the Hood, director Peter Bogdanovich's Targets is among the most impressive first features ever made. When Bogdanovich's cinematic mentor Roger Corman suggested that Bogdanovich might want to make his directorial debut, he offered to "donate" 20 minutes worth of footage of the Corman-directed The Terror and the services of Boris Karloff, who owed Corman two days' worth of work (at a cost of $22,000). Karloff became so caught up in the 29-year-old Bogdanovich's enthusiasm that he agreed… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The endlessly repetitive fusillades suggest that Writer-Director Peter Bogdanovich, in his first film, was really intent on creating the most prolific murderer in Hollywood's long history of violence. Unfortunately, it is a record made to be broken."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Targets scores an unnerving bullseye."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"Maximum suspense! Should be required viewing for any serious movie buff."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Film Racket
"Brilliant film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"frightening in a way few horror movies are because it taps so directly into real fears"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Aware of the virtue of implied violence, Bogdanovich conveys moments of shock, terror, suspense and fear."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Targets isn't a very good film, but it is an interesting one."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...we don't, we can't, know why a Charles Whitman, a Bobby Thompson, a Michael Clark or a James Holmes does what he does. So we say they are mad."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"It's difficult not to wonder how many Bobby Thompsons are out there right now, driving around with an arsenal in their trunks, ready to fire their first shots."
‑ Stephen Tropiano, PopMatters
"An unconventional horror picture that draws a comparison between the real-life horror of the 1966 Charles Whitman murder spree and the fictional horrors of movie legend Boris Karloff."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A fascinatingly complex commentary on American mythology, exploring the relationship between the inner world of the imagination and the outer world of violence and paranoia, both of which were relevant to contemporary American traumas."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"An interesting response to the demands of low-budget genre filmmaking."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Impressive directorial debut."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A beautiful, disturbing, masterful fiction-filmmaking debut for Bogdanovich"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"A frighteningly prescient movie."
‑ , Film4
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