Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Feb 28, 2013
    63
    What’s good about Rubberneck is also what makes it tough to watch: Karpovsky burrows under the skin of this repressed romantic nebbish until the frame seems ready to burst.
  2. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 20, 2013
    75
    The movie is scattershot (intense at some moments, slack at others), but it earns its docu-style creepiness, and Karpovsky's stretch as an actor is daring and authentic.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 19, 2013
    83
    Rubberneck has more in common with the growing Karpovsky oeuvre than it may appear -- and even inadvertently critiques it.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 21, 2013
    40
    The film works better as an uncomfortable character drama than as a murky family mystery, which Karpovsky deepens with some psychobabble. Still, a nicely sinister and shuddersome effort.
  5. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Feb 22, 2013
    55
    The thriller elements of the plot — which Karpovsky delivers quite ably, with an electric tension that carries through much of the film — aren't really balanced by the personal revelations on which Karpovsky eventually hangs Paul's problems. Both the mystery and the character piece wind up feeling incomplete.
  6. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 22, 2013
    70
    Rubberneck immediately put me in mind of the classic slow burn of vintage thrillers like Fritz Lang’s “M” and Michael Powell’s “Peeping Tom,” although Karpovsky and co-writer Garth Donovan have cited all kinds of other things, from “Michael Clayton” to “Caché” to “Fatal Attraction.”
  7. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Feb 17, 2013
    38
    The film takes on high-concept ideas that it can't sustain, and which only make its other problems more obvious.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 20, 2013
    50
    The entire story hinges on a thinly calibrated twist ending that’s meant to provide emotional weight to Karpovsky’s actions, but instead clarifies them to the point of utter banality. There’s no mystery left to linger.
  9. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Feb 19, 2013
    80
    A character-driven take on true-crime fare, Alex Karpovsky's Rubberneck marks a solid dramatic turn for a filmmaker best known for playing comedic parts in indie films like "Tiny Furniture."
  10. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Feb 21, 2013
    30
    It’s dragged down by non-scene after non-scene, and filmmaking choices that don’t earn their keep.
  11. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Feb 22, 2013
    50
    Rubberneck is a thriller too drab and self-obsessed to ever be truly thrilling.
  12. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Feb 19, 2013
    60
    A too-pat ending also spoils Rubberneck (shorter: Mommy made me do it!), though it doesn’t ruin the steely pleasures of the filmmaking.
  13. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 22, 2013
    70
    Unlike Steven Soderbergh's twisty "Side Effects," Karpovsky's picture seldom surprises, its strengths lying in a leisurely journey toward a clearly predestined denouement.
  14. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Feb 19, 2013
    80
    Karpovsky is unsettlingly good as Paul, and Newman's Danielle is sexy and layered.
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  1. Mar 10, 2013
    9
    A one-time fling turns into a terrifying ordeal for Danielle when her co-worker, Paul, becomes deeply obsessed with her in Alex Karpovsky's chilling new thriller, RUBBERNECK. RUBBERNECK takes us deep inside the mind of a man obsessed in a stunning character study that is sure to strike a nerve. All of the risks and excitement that accompany an office romance are given a frightful twist, from the initial fear of discovery to the uncomfortable aftermath of exposure. The characters are all carefully crafted and placed into a real-world setting that is utterly believable. Karpovsky brings a raw emotion and intensity to the role of Paul in one of the most naturalistic performances we have seen in years. Jaime Ray Newman is fantastic as well in her depiction of the career-minded woman who remains unrestrained by the thoughts and expectations of others. Although many of her actions are painted in a negative light, they are always true to her character, and are delivered with brutal honesty. Subtle moments like Paul's intrusion on Danielle's lunchtime chat constantly teem with tension and unease, while the stalking scenes draw out revolting feelings of disgust. Still, one can't help but share in a sense of pity and remorse for Paul, who has clearly suffered from issues of rejection and abandonment his entire life. RUBBERNECK is a devastatingly dark and depressing drama which serves as a crowning achievement for Alex Karpovsky as both actor and director.

    -Carl Manes
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