Metascore
32

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 30
  2. Negative: 12 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Aug 19, 2013
    60
    Now it feels almost quaint, like a throwback. You watch it and, despite all the au courant techno geekery on display, you feel like you’ve stepped into a time capsule. It’s a nice feeling at first. If only the movie were better.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Aug 16, 2013
    50
    The only real reason Paranoia is even remotely worth watching is the chance to see Oldman and Ford go head-to-head like two vipers thrown into a potato sack.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    The actors do their best. The problem here is simply a formulaic screenplay and less-than-inspired direction.
  4. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    This one is essentially “The Firm” with smartphones.
  5. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    There’s a scene in a members-only club where Wyatt and Goddard meet, giving the two veteran actors the chance to go eyeball to eyeball for a couple of minutes of barbed dialogue. It almost makes the movie worth it.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean O’Connell
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    There’s tension to be wrung from the premise, but Luketic is content to telegraph his movie’s juiciest twists, concentrating instead on applying a sleek visual sheen usually reserved for shampoo commercials.
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    It plays more like a "21 Jump Street," full of pretty people and a thumping soundtrack but offering little in the way of something to say.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    Hemsworth, who is Gale Hawthorne in "The Hunger Games" and the brother of the Hemsworth who stars as "Thor", has maybe one arrow in his acting quiver - he can look engaged.
  9. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    Paranoia has a promising foundation — betrayal, danger and corporate espionage are solid building blocks of suspense. But the movie turns out to be more exasperating than exciting.
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Aug 15, 2013
    50
    There's nothing wrong with Paranoia that a stronger director, livelier leading actors and several hundred fewer narrative conveniences wouldn't cure.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Aug 9, 2013
    50
    The filmmakers may have hoped to make a timely commentary on the amorality in our executive suites, but they end up merely restating the obvious. Maybe the whole thing would have played better as a corporate comedy, the kind that Doris Day and Rock Hudson made some 50 years ago.
  12. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Aug 19, 2013
    45
    Frankly, no one in this ensemble is done any favors by Jason Hall and Barry Levy’s screenplay, a “Duplicity” for dummies filled to the brim with double-crossing cliches.
  13. Reviewed by: Kimber Myers
    Aug 15, 2013
    42
    The bland, boring Paranoia does little to distinguish itself and isn’t good (or even enjoyably bad enough) to be passable even as Saturday afternoon cable fodder.
  14. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Aug 15, 2013
    42
    The film works only, if at all, as an unofficial Air Force One reunion, with Ford stopping just short of bellowing “Get off my jock!” during a pair of gritted-teeth encounters with Oldman. Some pleasures never go out of fashion.
  15. Reviewed by: Ian Freer
    Mar 3, 2014
    40
    Even a cast boasting Oldman and Harrison Ford can't salvage his dreary, contrived corporate thriller.
  16. Reviewed by: Barbara VanDenburgh
    Aug 15, 2013
    40
    Paranoia is ostensibly a thriller, but there’s nothing remotely thrilling about it. This slick, plodding bore is as exciting as watching somebody else tap out text messages.
  17. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Aug 15, 2013
    40
    Ford and Oldman’s scenes together are Paranoia’s sole redeeming facet.
  18. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    Aug 9, 2013
    40
    Director Robert Luketic’s thriller Paranoia has a host of problems, but the biggest seems to be that no one in it is nearly paranoid enough.
  19. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Aug 19, 2013
    38
    However, once you realize there's no "pleasure" to be had from something this wantonly dumb and idiotically constructed, all that's left is "guilt" - guilt that you actually spent money to see this.
  20. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Aug 15, 2013
    38
    Robert Luketic's supposedly down-and-dirty corporate espionage thriller undercuts itself at nearly every turn by shunning any potential relevancy.
  21. 38
    It is as slow, slick and superficial as the director of “21″ and “Killers” can make it.
  22. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Aug 15, 2013
    30
    I'm not going to get into the acting, because there's not much of it, frankly. No one is embarrassingly bad; no one is exceptionally good.
  23. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Aug 19, 2013
    25
    A ho-hum thriller about corporate spying in the high-tech world, comes off as a lot more preposterous than paranoid, and it takes no more than a few frames for the eye rolling to commence.
  24. Reviewed by: Peter Sobczynski
    Aug 16, 2013
    25
    Although presumably meant to be a modern-day version of the classic conspiracy thriller "The Conversation," Paranoia is so vapid that it plays like "Antitrust" sans the food allergies.
  25. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Aug 15, 2013
    25
    It galls me that Hollywood thinks we're shallow enough to swallow this swill. Or am I just being paranoid?
  26. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Aug 21, 2013
    20
    You could drive an 18-wheeler through the substantial number of plot holes in Paranoia.
  27. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Aug 20, 2013
    20
    This is a film at odds with itself, wanting to be a 99 percenter rallying cry but wallowing in and fetishizing 1 percenter accoutrement at every turn.
  28. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Aug 20, 2013
    20
    The fact that Hemsworth is severely lacking in leading-man charisma also doesn’t help the pervasive overall incompetence of the film, which fixates on the perils and panic of our modern surveillance culture while itself proving to be borderline unwatchable.
  29. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 15, 2013
    20
    Mr. Oldman and Mr. Ford are the only actors in the film, directed by Robert Luketic (“Legally Blonde”), skillful enough to navigate the yards of jargon-packed boilerplate in Jason Hall and Barry L. Levy’s thudding screenplay.
  30. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Aug 15, 2013
    20
    Paranoia’s twitchiness is like an actual twitch: it’s contrived and clunky, and you forget it in an instant.
User Score
3.8

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Aug 16, 2013
    1
    But the stakes seem small. Director Robert Luketic showed a nice hand at light comedy in Legally Blonde, but he has no feel for the tensions of corporate deception. The twists aren't surprising, the perils feel artificial, and even Hemsworth's chest gets a little ho-hum after a while. The most interesting aspect of Paranoia is the appearance of Oldman and Ford, who is looking especially grizzled but hasn't lost that twisted smile of menace. They're fun to watch, even though the movie's biggest mystery is how they got roped into it. Must have had something to do with answering their cellphones. Full Review »
  2. Sep 20, 2013
    2
    The idea is good and the cast is good, the problem is the next: All the movie is really terrible! The development is really poor, the script is bad, and the performances are really terrible (Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford do a great job, the problem is that the script is so bad, and they try to do all the possible to do something good). Paranoia is a box of good ideas but poorly executed. Full Review »
  3. Aug 30, 2013
    2
    The main things missing from the thriller “Paranoia” are thrills. The leading man, Liam Hemsworth, is as good looking as they come and certainly Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman as former friends now out to destroy each other play their roles to the hilt. Richard Dreyfuss adds the sympathy, the only sympathy, to the success of Hemsworth who wants it all and Amber Heard supplies the love interest in a role that certainly doesn’t give off any thrills as to who will end up together.

    There are a few mysteries in the film such as how does Hemsworth rise so fast showing so little talent in the IT field and just how does Embeth Davidtz fit in as Oldman’s right hand? The setup, and execution of the screenplay by Jason Hall and Berry L. Levy, is overshadowed by the sights and sounds of all the glass office buildings in Manhattan and the Brooklyn neighborhood.

    Director Robert Luketic keeps the action going with car chases and all kinds of technical gadgets and throws in a red herring that should be easily seen through by even a casual moviegoer.

    Harrison, Ford, Dreyfus and Davidtz offer whatever tension there is in the movie while Hemsworth, Heard, various sets and cars offer relaxation for the eyes but “Paranoia” should disappear quickly from the large screen and go to DVD and the small screen.
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