The Watcher

Metascore
22

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. A story about unmotivated characters trapped in an ill-conceived plot.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    38
    Isn't even worth a glance.
  3. Sluggish and preposterous, full of violence and cliches.
  4. The picture's real interest lies in detailing the villain's sadistic crimes, though, and this is rarely fun or edifying to watch.
  5. Once the terror ends and the credits roll, we finally get to the best part: a merciful escape.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    10
    A dismal new serial-killer thing.
  7. L.A. Weekly
    Reviewed by: F. X. Feeney
    20
    Fails to fulfill.
  8. Neither acutely suspenseful nor particularly thrilling but instead mainly numbing.
  9. 0
    A shockingly, unbelievably bad movie.
  10. The movie is paint-by-numbers with several numbers skipped.
  11. A crass, mechanical attempt at a thriller that should have gone straight to video.
  12. It stinks pretty bad, but not so bad you'd go out of your way to avoid it.
  13. A hodgepodge of half-baked visual styles can't disguise the fact that this dismal thriller is all situation and no story.
  14. 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.
  15. By the end of The Watcher you'll need your own prescription.
  16. 15
    An uninspired, standard-issue mimeo whose only distinguishing feature is a reversal in its casting.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    20
    Emerges as a formulaic thriller that plays more like direct-to-video fare than a megaplex-worthy feature.
  18. 20
    Sidesteps any juicy subtext in favor of routine chase-movie thrills.
  19. It's something no one should watch.
User Score
1.3

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