Civic Duty
Civic Duty (2006)

Where does legitimate concern end and paranoia begin? A man finds himself walking that fine line in this tense independent drama. Terry Allen (Peter Krause) is an accountant who lives a seemingly ordinary life until he loses his job. Unable… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 26, 2006
DVD Release Date: September 4, 2007
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: At times a tense and provocative thriller, Civic Duty struggles to move beyond its one-note premise.

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

A flawed but worthwhile examination of paranoia and clashing cultures in the 21st century.

Mark Holcomb
Time Out

The film's pace lags toward the end, but its grasp of manufactured fear's dreary pervasiveness never falters.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

mostly suffers from overwriting

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

All that flash serves to prop up what's in essence a one-act play, constructed around a political message that's telegraphed from the start.

Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

The vivid sense of time and place is the best thing about the initially promising, ultimately irritating psychological thriller Civic Duty.

David Cornelius

If we can ignore the plot's too-often dips into cliché, we just might walk away with a lot on our minds.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It does build up considerable suspense and tension; Renfroe has learned well from Hitchcock.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

As thoughtful as it means to be -- its agenda is outlined by on-the-nose dialogue from its characters -- Civic Duty does little to go beyond this premise.

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Scott Collura
IGN Movies

Eventually it all boils down to cliché, with home invasions by Terry, physical confrontations between Terry and Gabe, a hostage situation, a main character getting gunned down, and all the other standard thriller tropes that might excite the kind of audie

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Pretty effective thriller, Civic Duty starring Peter Krause is a low budget picture that manages to be entertaining from start to finish despite its… More
Deb S
This movie taps into the post 9/11 paranoia and Peter Krause is believable as the recently laid off accountant, Terry Allen who now is having trouble finding… More
Bruce Bruce
This movie hit the screen shortly after 9-11, it was done fast to capitalize on the post 9-11 movie rush. Its not a bad movie but its surly low budget. Our Main… More
William Goss
A frequently hokey effort to tap into post-9/11 paranoia. Krause puts in good effort.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Bill Hicks once told a funny joke about watching CNN non-stop which he did not recommend doing. If only Terry Allen(Peter Krause) in… More
Leo L
Paranoia. Profile. Hysteria. Truth. An exciting and suspenseful film! Great performances by Peter Krause and Khaled Abol Naga. Worth seeing!

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