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Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 29
  2. Negative: 11 out of 29
  1. Merhige understands how exciting going to the edge of credibility can be without falling off, and he has the bravura talent and imagination needed to pull off the sheer, hurtling audacity of Suspect Zero.
  2. The trouble is that the plot is so elliptical to be almost unfollowable (though it helps to have seen the trailer).
  3. 50
    A novel twist in the second half succeeds in distinguishing this from the pack but also wrenches it away from the meager characters.
  4. 50
    There's a point at which its enigmatic flashes of incomprehensible action grow annoying, and a point at which we realize that there's no use paying close attention, because we won't be able to figure out the film's secrets until they're explained to us.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    40
    A plodding and familiar "cop sees what the killer sees" riff that plays like a poorly inflated "The X-Files" episode.
  6. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    30
    It's not easy to make a thriller that's both incredibly convoluted and intensely boring, but director E. Elias Merhige scores on both counts with this lame excuse for a spooky crime story.
  7. 20
    A grisly, depraved and wholly uninvolving exercise in empty mannerism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    4
    Movies like this absolutely kill me! The story they have to work with is top notch, the cast is terrific, and the movie sucked. The movie is all about tracking down this infamous serial killer with a horrible and gruesome reputation. They don't show what led to this reputation, any of his crimes, or what got them to that point. It's like jumping into a crappy direct to video sequel, after missing the blockbuster film that led to it. Nothing significant ever happens in this movie! Which then begs the question, what's the point in even making it? Expand
  2. Sep 28, 2010
    1
    "Suspect Zero" is really as bad as thrillers come - it looks and feels like it took its inspiration from daytime television and bad serials. The movie builds tension and suspense, but at no time did I wonder what's going to happen next - I just kept wondering why the movie was going through so much effort to get there. Ben Kingsley could be considered a saving grace, but to me the fact that he is in here at all is more an indicator of how badly his career has fallen this decade (just look at his recent filmography). Expand

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