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Civic Duty Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

… still fun. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    48

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    A clammy little number that might've been funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    While the film doesn't fully succeed in its striving for a Hitchcock-style ambiguity in its storytelling, it is consistently engrossing in its exploration of the fine line between civic duty and vigilantism.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Terrorism themes + paranoia = not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mature thriller explores the connections between media-induced paranoia, individual madness, and terrorism. The focus on one man's increasingly doubtful perspective makes the plot ever murkier -- it's hard to tell what's real and what he's imagining. Violence includes hostage-taking at gunpoint, fighting/punching and bloody faces, a man hitting his wife, and a SWAT team storming a door with automatic weapons drawn. A brief early sex scene isn't explicit (close-ups of faces are shown in silhouette). Language reflects the movie's increasing tension and anger, with many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and a string of anti-Arab racist terms (including a variation on the "N" word).

  • Families can talk about the media's effect on people's fears and opinions of others. For example, do TV news reports frame reports of terrorist threats in a way that encourages viewers to suspect their neighbors or distrust people who look or act different from them? If so, how and why? Are news reports ever truly objective? How would you respond to someone who looks "suspicious"? And who defines what "suspicious" means in the first place?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The increasingly paranoid protagonist looks more and more untrustworthy; the neighbor he suspects of terrorism poses difficult questions about vengeance, grief, and honor; police and FBI appear generally ineffective.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Repeated reports and warnings about terrorist violence (bombs, virus, poison, battles) include numbers of lives lost; reports on hate crimes include brief glimpses of news-style footage. Character uses a gun to hold a hostage; some fighting leaves men with bloody faces and bruises; SWAT team with automatic weapons storms a door; police takedown involves smashing their target to the ground.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Kissing and standard in-bed sex between husband and wife (silhouetted close-ups of faces and arms, nothing explicit); joke about sex ("You wanna see my calculator, baby?"); discussion about wife's previous "fetish for rock stars."

  • language false5

    Language: Profanity includes repeated use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "damn," and "ass." Racist terms are used as examples ("raghead," "camel jockey," "sand n---er").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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