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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,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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  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: 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.”
  3. 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.