Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 63
    There are times when it is bitingly funny and times when its bloodiness can cause a wince and a shudder - but director Stuart Gordon is not adept at blending the two extremes into a cohesive whole.
  2. Stuart Gordon, the mostly under-the-radar director of "Re-Animator," pops back into view with this amusing trifle -- a piece of scuzzy tabloid noir.
  3. 63
    Mena Suvari has her best role since "American Beauty" as Brandi, a self-centered nursing home employee distinctly lacking in sympathy for anyone.
  4. Stuck, while not strictly a horror film, is steeped in gore and carries a seam of mocking gallows humor as relentless as that of "Sweeney Todd."
  5. 50
    Gordon made similar lurches all over the map in his previous exercise in grotesquerie, "Edmond," which was based on a David Mamet play and starred William H. Macy as, of all things, a racist misogynist on a grisly bender. Stuck could have used some of that outrageousness.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    This is not enjoyable entertainment, but it is brutally watchable.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    A drum-tight, extremely grisly thriller. And odd as it may sound given the subject matter, it's also surprisingly funny.
  8. Rea, with his hangdog looks and Jimmy Stewart line readings, spends a good deal of his time writhing in fake blood and broken shards - not what you'd call glamorous work, but he does it with conviction.
  9. 67
    Laugh? Cry? I thought I'd die, but then that's the genius of Gordon.
  10. The film becomes an aria of agony--but with a rousingly yucko finish!
  11. 91
    It's a righteously nasty piece of work, and a rare example of a movie that traffics in B-movie grime without a trace of "Grindhouse"-style self-consciousness.
  12. 30
    As the title of this splatter comedy by writer-director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) indicates, he's like a bug stuck to her windshield, and that's about the level of humanity and insight one can expect here.
  13. 70
    These people can behave well or poorly, but they were already bugs on the windshield of life before their unhappy collision.
  14. 30
    The question is why the time, talent and treasure of such energetic and even gifted artists have been marshaled in such a disgusting and trivial genre exercise and what viewers are supposed to get out of it. Isn't life hard enough?
  15. History repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce, Karl Marx said. That might explain the possibility of even making a movie such as Stuck.
  16. A taut drama that manages to be thoughtful without forgetting it's a creep-out.
  17. 58
    Thanks to Suvari, audiences laugh nervously at the mortification of soul and flesh, but she doesn't really do them much of a favor. She simply keeps them watching as a would-be gross-out comedy turns into would-be gross-out tragedy.
  18. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    Ingeniously nasty and often shockingly funny as it incrementally worsens a very bad situation, then provides a potent payoff with the forced feeding of just desserts.
  19. At its best, Gordon's work is bracing and pointed, though it's not for the queasy.
  20. Unfortunately, the film loses its merciless rage toward the end, devolving into a stock and broadly comic thriller about unpleasant people you never quite get to know.
  21. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    65
    Stuart Gordon's inventions -- vivid, gruesome and occasionally quite funny -- offer a just-deserts ending and make both characters surprisingly active participants in their fates.
  22. Unlike the worthless torture porn that is destroying the genre, Stuck is a horror movie with a reason for being.
  23. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    90
    A fresh and rewarding take on cinematic terror.
  24. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    70
    Stuck is both darkly comic and disgusting; the name alone reduces the crime to a sick joke.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    70
    Suvari's increasingly loopy and cruel selfishness is its own nifty moral suspense, while Rea's sad sack vibe -- he already looks like a collision victim in the pre-accident scenes -- is a bleakly amusing counterpoint to his gritty refusal to go quietly.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 26, 2012
    9
    Stuck is a fascinating character study by way of thoroughly entertaining B-Horror. It weaves a fictional narrative with basis on the true story of a woman from Fort Worth (to absolutely no one's surprise) and the man stuck in her windshield. Mena Suvari stars as Brandi, a nursing home assistant whose life could possibly be better if she could only get that promotion. Stephen Rea co-stars as Tom, who has recently lost his job and been evicted from his apartment. After partying a little too heavily, Brandi decides to drive home. She soon hits Tom, providing the film with its central predicament. She does not stop, and somehow manages to make her way home without attracting much attention. From there she calls her part-time boyfriend, full-time drug dealer Rashid (Russell Hornsby) and the two attempt to plot a way out. Director Stuart Gordon has shown time and again that he can find humor in unlikely places, and his work here proves no exception. Stuck is often darkly hilarious in its depiction of Brandi, cornrows and all, whose sickening attempts at self-preservation (she really does want her promotion) are generally botched by her short-sightedness and stupidity. Suvari is unflinching in her performance, diving head-first into questionable material and coming out on top. The scenes involving Tom's attempts at escape manage to disgust, dishearten, and entertain equally. Rea is an excellent character actor, and his ability to evoke sympathy does not get in the way of the admittedly gallows humor. Though improbable in its climax, Stuck never falters and delivers an extremely satisfying conclusion. This film is clearly not for everyone, and will likely turn off many a viewer. However if you enjoy a mix of black comedy and gritty horror with a splash of biting social commentary, you will likely find Stuck right up your alley. Full Review »