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Overwhelming dislike- based on 49 Ratings

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  • Summary: A former FBI agent (Spader) tracking a serial killer (Reeves) gives up solving the crimes after 8 years. The agent moves to another city, but the killer finds him and starts sending photographs of new victims -- one of which is (Tomei), the agent's psychiatrist.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 28
  2. Negative: 19 out of 28
  1. 50
    What distinguishes The Watcher from all the films it consciously or unconsciously emulates is the intermittently witty, offbeat writing of debuting screenwriter David Elliot.
  2. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    50
    It's still the same sick story. Even the small touches seem stale.
  3. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    41
    The satisfaction of watching it essentially boils down to seeing whether or not Reeves can pull it off.
  4. A crass, mechanical attempt at a thriller that should have gone straight to video.
  5. A story about unmotivated characters trapped in an ill-conceived plot.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Holcomb
    20
    Sidesteps any juicy subtext in favor of routine chase-movie thrills.
  7. 0
    A shockingly, unbelievably bad movie.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. R.L.
    Jan 5, 2009
    9
    An extremely entertaining cat&mouse thriller that will have you guessing at every turn.
  2. RodG.
    Feb 20, 2007
    6
    This movie was okay. It got 28 reviews from critics. Critics are like weathermen. They're almost always wrong.
  3. FelixC.
    May 29, 2007
    1
    Too easy to predict. Keanu Reaves cannot play a bad guy, he doesn't scare me.

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