The Lookout
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A former high-school hockey star handicapped in a tragic car accident becomes an unlikely ally to a crack team of determined bank robbers in this thriller starring Jeff Daniels and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. When his promising career on the ice is suddenly cut short, former athlete Chris Pratt (Gordon-Levitt) goes to work as a janitor in a local bank. Cleaning floors soon gives way to criminal enterprise when the onetime puck-slinger is recruited to help clean out the very bank that employs him. Screenwriter Scott Frank (Out of Sight and Minority Report) makes his directorial debut, working from… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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?"
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A straight-ahead drama, perfectly accessible though psychologically intricate, coupled shrewdly to a crime thriller."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Strip away the head-trauma hero, and you're left with a white-trash heist film."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The best young actor in movies today may well be Joseph Gordon-Levitt."
‑ Tony Macklin, Fayetteville Free Weekly
"Maybe in 10 more years we'll be saying how weird it is that Gordon-Levitt used to play all those parts requiring him to crouch in corners taking other people's abuse. We should cross our fingers and put in a request for romantic comedy now."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"Forgettable fun."
‑ Amy Simmons, Time Out
"The movie is sometimes deliberately paced, then intensifies at unlikely moments, artfully blending pulse-stopping, nerve-jangling suspense with sharp dialogue and nuanced portrayals."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"A professional script professionally shot, rather than a personal story burning to be told"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The vast majority of his veteran contemporaries should be so lucky as to have their best dramas be as engrossing as Frank's first."
‑ Brian Marder,
"Most noirs are coming of age stories where an innocent learns how vicious and cruel the world can be. Only he usually learns it while a hunk of hot lead burns in his gut."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Beyond Hollywood
"There's nothing here you haven't seen before, and even the pleasant hum of a well-tuned engine begins to drone a little."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"This is Scott Frank's first feature as a director, and it speaks of more good things to come."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"First-time director Scott Frank, who penned Out of Sight and Minority Report, shapes some sharp noirish notes."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"Lookout for this one and grab it."
‑ Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel, 3BlackChicks Review
"Strong performances fill this terrific crime drama."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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