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  • Summary: It’s been a hell of a day on the highway. When Federal Officers Elizabeth Anderson (Julia Ormond) and Sam Hallaway (Bill Pullman) arrive at Captain Billing’s office, they have three sets of stories to figure out and a string of vicious murders to consider. One zealot cop, a strung out junkieIt’s been a hell of a day on the highway. When Federal Officers Elizabeth Anderson (Julia Ormond) and Sam Hallaway (Bill Pullman) arrive at Captain Billing’s office, they have three sets of stories to figure out and a string of vicious murders to consider. One zealot cop, a strung out junkie and an eight year old girl all sit in testimony to the roadside rampage, but as the Feds begin to expose the fragile little details each witness conceals so carefully with a well practiced lie, they soon discover that uncovering ‘the truth’ can come at a very big cost. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. A grubby, disturbing serial-killer mystery, a kind of blood-simple "Rashomon."
  2. Surveillance is the work of a director who has made significant strides in both storytelling and control of the medium, deftly interweaving a grisly thriller, a sicko "Rashômon," a switcheroo, a psychotic love story, an imaginative paean to children, and an inspired resurrection of Julia Ormond.
  3. Surveillance will please the B-movie crowd in theaters and on into the ancillaries
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    40
    A mildly amusing trifle with one of the genre's dafter plot twists.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    30
    At the end, all is horrifically explained, the body count inflates, yet hardly anything makes sense. In Papa Lynch's films, little is explained, yet because he's so gifted at mining our deepest fears and scariest desires, logic is excused.
  6. The most enjoyable way to watch Surveillance - "enjoyable," in the relative sense - is to take its awfulness for granted and pay attention to everything Bill Pullman does.
  7. It seems doubtful that Surveillance, a would-be transgression that tries to squeeze dark laughs from the spectacle of human suffering, would be taking up space in theaters if its director were not the daughter of a name filmmaker.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Oct 30, 2010
    8
    This was a great pyschological horror-drama type thing that delivers what it intended to do - disturb and confuse you, and in that I give thisThis was a great pyschological horror-drama type thing that delivers what it intended to do - disturb and confuse you, and in that I give this movie a 8. It was entertaining, although slow, but otherwise the endings payoff is quit disturbing and twisted. This movie isn't for everyone and shouldn't be view by the faint of heart. Expand
  2. JayH.
    Aug 13, 2009
    6
    Tense psychological thriller, fine performances and an effective setting. The twist ending will either delight or infuriate, but either way, Tense psychological thriller, fine performances and an effective setting. The twist ending will either delight or infuriate, but either way, the film held my interest. Expand
  3. JayM.
    Aug 21, 2009
    1
    Vying thus far for the worst film of the year. Ms. Lynch's crude sensibility results in an excruciating film experience; if Hal Needham Vying thus far for the worst film of the year. Ms. Lynch's crude sensibility results in an excruciating film experience; if Hal Needham had a dark side, it might resemble this dull debacle. I rate it a 1 rather than zero soley based on Bill Pullman's performance and Julia Ormand's looks. Sadly, they cannot rise above the dreck. Expand
  4. JesusG.
    Aug 9, 2009
    0
    I, like the writer of the NY Daily News, was asking myself as I watched he movie, "Any other movie that didn't get made because of this I, like the writer of the NY Daily News, was asking myself as I watched he movie, "Any other movie that didn't get made because of this one would probably have been better." It's depressing that people find financing for movies like this, and even more depressing that there are people who enjoy them. Neither the characters or the plot (which seems to have been written by someone in junior high) are very believable. In summary, it was an unpleasant experience. Collapse

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