Targets (1968)

Together with Orson Welles' Citizen Kane and John Singleton's Boyz 'n the Hood, director Peter Bogdanovich's Targets is among the most impressive first features ever made. When Bogdanovich's cinematic mentor Roger Corman… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 15, 1968
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2003
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A startling directorial debut by Peter Bogdanovich mixes an homage to Boris Karloff horror films with a timely sniper story to create a thriller with modern baggage and old school shock and awe.

TIME Magazine

The endlessly repetitive fusillades suggest that Writer-Director Peter Bogdanovich, in his first film, was really intent on creating the most prolific murderer in Hollywood's long history of violence. Unfortunately, it is a record made to be broken.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

Targets scores an unnerving bullseye.

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Mike McGranaghan
Film Racket

Maximum suspense! Should be required viewing for any serious movie buff.

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Variety Staff

Aware of the virtue of implied violence, Bogdanovich conveys moments of shock, terror, suspense and fear.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Targets isn't a very good film, but it is an interesting one.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...we don't, we can't, know why a Charles Whitman, a Bobby Thompson, a Michael Clark or a James Holmes does what he does. So we say they are mad.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A fascinatingly complex commentary on American mythology, exploring the relationship between the inner world of the imagination and the outer world of violence and paranoia, both of which were relevant to contemporary American traumas.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

An interesting response to the demands of low-budget genre filmmaking.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Impressive directorial debut.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Sophie Burgess
A intelligent, slow burner that has a brilliant ending. You can follow it from the start and keep guessing as to what will happen as the characters stories… More
Stella Dallas
this stunning low budget thriller features the last great role of boris karloff's career, sending himself up by playing an aging horror star who is talked… More
Pierluigi Puccini
One of the most impressive and yet overlooked debuts. From Roger Corman's pupil Peter Bogdanovich, pulling off the job with the same guerrilla filmmaking… More
Michael Gildea
Targets is pretty damn good when you consider it had the budget of a pair of sneakers and cup of coffee. Some of the scenes were well done and the family scenes… More
vieras esine
Has some great scenes but, all in all, isn't all that captivating.
Ken Stachnik
An amazing little seen film. Well worth your time. Karloff's last great performance. Watch for future super producer Frank Marshall as the ticket taker… More