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  • Summary: A gripping contemporary thriller about the terrible truths that can hide behind everyday appearances, Arlington Road is an intense, edge-of-your-seat journey that reveals just how little we know about the world around us.
    (Sony Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Arlington Road belongs to that splendid Hollywood tradition of dealing with serious, timely issues in the form of a suspense thriller.
  2. While this film's conception of a terrorist threat is apparent early on, its strength lies in a string of ingenious little surprises.
  3. Although it takes something of a slog to get there, this thriller finally comes through where it counts.
  4. 70
    Though a thematically ambitious and deftly acted thriller, the film is also shockingly coldblooded and not a little reactionary.
  5. A classy but over-contrived topical thriller about bomb plots and anti-government groups.
  6. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    60
    Even before the film has worked up a head of steam, it has started to pile up the improbabilities, giving us reason to question its credibility.
  7. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    10
    This masterpiece started out at around three stars, but after the credits, it just got sillier and more lurid.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. KeithC.
    Jan 28, 2006
    10
    Very well written. You think the hero may actually save the day and they pull the rug right out from under you...Incredible twist.
  2. Jan 3, 2013
    10
    Great movie with good acting . Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2014
    7
    Smart and sometimes over the top thriller, with great actors like Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins. It's a wise story. Jeff Bridges is like always fantastic and Tim Robbins is giving one of his best Expand
  4. PaulW.
    Mar 22, 2008
    1
    The main problems with this hokey and overwrought mishap are the beyond ridiculous storyline which scoffs the whole idea of suspension of disbelief, the cringeworthy and repetitive script and the annoying, over the top acting by Bridges. But even other 'minor' flaws in the editing, lighting and shaky camera-work are not in any way less responsible for this movie turning out to be the most campy thriller with a decent cast I've seen in quite some time. Although, 'The Contract' did come to mind... But the ending was by a nose the most insulting part of the whole ordeal. An ending not oh-well-It's-just-a-movie kind of stupid, not what-do-ya-mean-the-earth-isn't flat kinda buffoonic, but abysmally worse, you'd have to see it to believe it. But I really wish you didn't. A serious no-brainer which will only get worse as the playtime goes on. And despite the few positive reviews some mentally challanged persons (or production crew) placed on this website, a must miss for sure. Expand

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