The Lookout
The Lookout (2007)

"The Lookout" marks Academy Award (R)-nominated screenwriter Scott Frank's ("Out of Sight"), directorial debut. The intelligent crime drama is centered around Chris, a once promising high school athlete whose life is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 14, 2007
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Critic Score
87%
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User Score
74%



Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Lookout is a genuinely suspenseful and affecting noir due to the great ensemble cast and their complex, realistic characters.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Frank has cooked up an interesting moral dilemma for a character ill-equipped to deal with one. Chris has made one big mistake. Is he up for another?

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David Fear
Time Out New York

There's nothing here you haven't seen before, and even the pleasant hum of a well-tuned engine begins to drone a little.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Strip away the head-trauma hero, and you're left with a white-trash heist film.

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Amy Simmons
Time Out

Forgettable fun.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

A straight-ahead drama, perfectly accessible though psychologically intricate, coupled shrewdly to a crime thriller.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A professional script professionally shot, rather than a personal story burning to be told

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

The Lookout's thriller elements could stand to be more surprising, but they're ultimately in service of a better understanding of the characters. Usually, it's the other way around.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

The movie is sometimes deliberately paced, then intensifies at unlikely moments, artfully blending pulse-stopping, nerve-jangling suspense with sharp dialogue and nuanced portrayals.

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Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

First-time director Scott Frank, who penned Out of Sight and Minority Report, shapes some sharp noirish notes.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Lewis
This is much more of a character study than it is a thriller with the first half of the film dedicated to just getting you to know the characters and their… More
Chris Weber
After a tragic car accident leaves him with brain damage and the inability to function beyond a very basic level, a former high school hockey star turned lowely… More
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Eric Alvarez
Reminds me alot of Memento, except not as well done. The Lookout is very thrilling throughout, but I believe it could have had some better direction here and… More
Kase Vollebregt
A taut thriller with great performances, but nothing about 'The Lookout' is extraordinarily memorable or wholly unique. A good script and a decent… More
Albert Kim
An engaging thriller. Nothing more, nothing less. Joseph Gordon-Levitt's acting is not bad, however it is not convincing to truly believe that his… More