The Watcher
The Watcher (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 8, 2000
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 10% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Watcher has Keanu Reeves cast against type, but the movie is short on thrills, suspense, and believability.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

You can't buy Keanu as a sadist, but you do worry about the guys who wrote the screenplay.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Is neither slick, clever nor especially thrilling.

Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The Watcher isn't that hard to watch, but you could find better things to do with your eyes.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Tired plot and disastrous casting.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

First-time director Joe Charbanic seems to have watched too many music videos.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

Multiple candles may be a universal symbol in movies (and rock videos) for romance and spirituality. But they're useless in illuminating the deadness of The Watcher.

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Rob Gonsalves

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 28% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
The Watcher is a fairly decent thriller, better at atmospherics than plot or characterization. It's a cat and mouse game featuring a relationship between… More
Dean King
An average thriller about a serial killer who taunts the FBI detective who has been on his case for the past few years. Watchable, but pretty straight forward… More
Cast: James Spader, Keanu Reeves, Marisa Tomei, Ernie Hudson, Chris Ellis, Robert Cicchini, Jenny McShane, Rich Komenich Director: Joe Charbanic, Jeff Jensen… More
Leigh Ryan
I love bad Keanu. :)
Dean McKenna
Tense, twisting plot, great ending. The relationship between the characters in this crime drama sets it apart from other serial killer movies. In fact, I would… More
Luke Baldock
According to reports of Keanu never wanting to do this film it comes as no surprise his performance is more vacant and uninteresting than usual. Spader has a… More