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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 38
    It is as slow, slick and superficial as the director of “21″ and “Killers” can make it.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. Reviewed by: Steve Davis
    Aug 21, 2013
    20
    You could drive an 18-wheeler through the substantial number of plot holes in Paranoia.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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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