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A detective is urged on by the lunatic he's trying to put behind bars in this crime thriller. Joel Campbell (James Spader) is a police detective who has recently relocated to Chicago after spending eight frustrating years trying to track down a vicious serial killer who has been terrorizing Los Angeles. However, the slayer, David Allen Griffin (Keanu Reeves), doesn't want the game of cat and mouse to end; even though he previously put his murderous activities on hold, Griffin has started murdering young women again -- and is sending clues to Campbell, mailing him photos of his intended… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 10%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You can't buy Keanu as a sadist, but you do worry about the guys who wrote the screenplay."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Reeves, as the killer, has the fairly thankless task of saying only what the movie needs him to say; he's limited by the fact that his killer has no real dimension or personality apart from his function as a plot device."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Director Joe Charbanic is saddled with an emotionally empty script by David Elliot and Clay Ayers, which matches Reeves's emotionally empty performance quite nicely."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Not half bad as a rental."
‑ John Venable,
"Dreadful performances, scanty motivation and excruciating dialogue."
‑ Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK]
"First-time director Joe Charbanic seems to have watched too many music videos."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"To borrow a phrase from another Chicagoan, John Belushi, The Watcher is a 'but nooooo' movie."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Tired plot and disastrous casting."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Nasty, sadistic, ugly and pointless."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The script sucks, the directing sucks, and, as much as I do like him, Keanu sucks."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Is neither slick, clever nor especially thrilling."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"He likes to watch, but you might not."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"If I never see another scene in which a woman is bound and gagged, while her killer struts around the room basking in his own psychotic cleverness, I won't mind a bit."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"One of the lamest serial killer thrillers of the post-Silence of the Lambs era."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Peters out like a late-night drunk when its threadbare plot and poorly drawn supporting characters start to stand out like a row of empty shot glasses."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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