Cry of the Owl
Cry of the Owl (2009)

A man with a troubled past becomes the prime suspect in a small-town murder case. Adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Cry of the Owl tells the tale of Robert Forrester (Paddy Considine), a man who flees from the city and his… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 27, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
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Critic Score: 11% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

Unfortunately, another bird beside an owl comes to mind to describe this misbegotten feature: a turkey.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The Cry of the Owl, much like Highsmith's virtually unreadable book, is saddled with an absolutely ludicrous premise that proves an immediate detriment to one's enjoyment of the film...

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Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies

To his credit, writer-director Jamie Thraves avoids the absurd twists and abrupt jolts audiences have come to expect from thrillers, instead maintaining a slow, deliberate burn.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Overall, it's the kind of technically proficient, deliberately paced, grim sleepwalk that leaves one cold rather than cracked open.

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Sean Axmaker

... preserves the doom and the emotional irrationality of Highsmith in this remarkably faithful adaptation, but never manages to capture the terrible helplessness and hopelessness...

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Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

Considine -- a UK actor who's usually great -- rubs the Midlands out of his accent so vigorously he winds up tone-deaf and textureless.

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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly

Promising but ultimately frustrating.

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John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

It's not an entirely boring or offensive movie, just a rather distant and detached one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 19% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I liked parts of this movie - especially when Jenny turns the table on Robert and starts stalking him. I had no problems with the plot until the final scene… More
Walter M.
During his divorce proceedings with Nickie(Caroline Dhavernas), Robert Forrester(Paddy Considine) is trying to start over at a new job at an aerospace company.… More
Adam Mahler
Waste of a very good novel, in almost every way, except the interpretation of the lighting. Chabrol's version was a failure with many ingenious shots, and… More
Jesse Ortega
I didn't get what this movie was trying to do. It's not the worst movie I've ever seen, but it's really all over the place. There's a… More
CAST: Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles, James Gilbert, Caroline Dhavernas, Gourd Rand DIRECTED BY: Jamie Thraves SUMMARY: After leaving the city for a quiet… More
Laura Cameron
Actually kind of intriguing. The feeling of dread builds nicely throughout. I think this could make an interesting play.