Surveillance (2009)

An FBI agent encounters three would-be victims of a serial killer, all of whom have very different stories of their experiences.

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 26, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 18, 2009
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This dark psycho-thriller from Jennifer Lynch, is violent, sharp and baffling, but not to everyone's taste.

Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

Pullman's striking performance here is undermined by Lynch's overreliance on those same grisly shock tactics, as well as a script that fails to capitalize on a promising premise and then swiftly collapses upon the revelation of a not-so-shocking twist.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Surveillance suggests 'Jennifer Lynchian' should be used for films that aspire to David's moody, idiosyncratic genius and fall woefully short.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

It's a great whodunit.

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James Adams
Globe and Mail

The film's a failure.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

Its mad killers may wear masks. But the real and cheap disguise here is the film's own -- an exploitation shocker trying to pass itself off as art.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

This strange thriller mixes a penchant for grittiness with the surreal and very very dark stylings of David Lynch, who happens to be the father of the director...

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

In this long-time-coming sophomore film, Lynch exercises powers of her own. She gets repellant, seductive, sympathetic performances from her actors. Ormond and Pullman are frightfully good at teasing intimacy.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The most enjoyable way to watch Surveillance -- 'enjoyable' in the relative sense -- is to take its awfulness for granted and pay attention to everything Bill Pullman does.

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Scott Mendelson
Film Threat

The characters do not stand out, the drama is not compelling, and the screenplay is light on even remotely interesting dialogue.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Wow a decent thriller with a dark slick murder mystery. If i say anything else it could give away the whole mystery. So instead I will just say watch this one.
Mark Walker
Jennifer Chambers Lynch (daughter of the great trancendental David Lynch) made her directorial debut in 1993 with "Boxing Helena". That film recieved… More
Jim Hunter
Two FBI agents question witnesses of a brutal slaying. As this film began, I thought it was going to be a post-modern Rashomon -- the same story told from… More
Cynthia S.
Holy cow!! You have no idea how many times I almost turned this movie off because I thought that it was stupid. Bill Pullmans weirdness, the off the wall cops,… More
Stuart Brooks
Brilliant movie, starts off a bit weird but stick with it, it is well worth it.
Dean McKenna
Weird thriller! It's a pretty raw movie and from the obscure opening on to the landscape shots, introduction of the characters until the unfolding of the… More