The Watcher


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 28
  2. Negative: 19 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  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. 50
    The actors cannot be faulted. They bring more to the story than it really deserves.
  3. 50
    This thriller largely succeeds in putting quotation marks around its use of genre conventions, mixing subtlety and overkill to create a pensive mood that transcends the plot.
  4. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    It's still the same sick story. Even the small touches seem stale.
  5. Has its compelling moments, and its playfully inventive ones, too.
  6. Reeves is a stiff dancer and he delivers his lines in a full leather jacket monotone.
  7. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    The satisfaction of watching it essentially boils down to seeing whether or not Reeves can pull it off.
  8. If Reeves weren't onboard this picture would have gone straight to video.
  9. Leaves me wanting to watch Tomei and company in something more worthy of their abilities.
  10. Sluggish and preposterous, full of violence and cliches.
  11. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Isn't even worth a glance.
  12. Once the terror ends and the credits roll, we finally get to the best part: a merciful escape.
  13. It's lively but fails to disguise the fact that his (Charbanic) script is a dud and his career in videos has taught him little about the art of narrative storytelling.
  14. The picture's real interest lies in detailing the villain's sadistic crimes, though, and this is rarely fun or edifying to watch.
  15. A story about unmotivated characters trapped in an ill-conceived plot.
  16. A hodgepodge of half-baked visual styles can't disguise the fact that this dismal thriller is all situation and no story.
  17. The movie is paint-by-numbers with several numbers skipped.
  18. A crass, mechanical attempt at a thriller that should have gone straight to video.
  19. It stinks pretty bad, but not so bad you'd go out of your way to avoid it.
  20. L.A. Weekly
    Reviewed by: F. X. Feeney
    Fails to fulfill.
  21. 20
    Sidesteps any juicy subtext in favor of routine chase-movie thrills.
  22. Neither acutely suspenseful nor particularly thrilling but instead mainly numbing.
  23. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Emerges as a formulaic thriller that plays more like direct-to-video fare than a megaplex-worthy feature.
  24. 15
    An uninspired, standard-issue mimeo whose only distinguishing feature is a reversal in its casting.
  25. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    A dismal new serial-killer thing.
  26. It's something no one should watch.
  27. By the end of The Watcher you'll need your own prescription.
  28. 0
    A shockingly, unbelievably bad movie.
User Score

Overwhelming dislike- based on 82 Ratings

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