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Identity Review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    With moments of mind-bending creepiness, the film has potential, but eventually it devolves into merely a head-scratcher.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The hardest work falls to Cusack, a subtle actor with a valuable gift for conveying the sadness and loneliness beneath the skin of even the most jaded and self-contained men-about-town.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A rarity, a movie that seems to be on autopilot for the first two acts and then reveals that it was not, with a third act that causes us to rethink everything that has gone before. Ingenious, how simple and yet how devious the solution is.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A slick, bloody thriller, but it's also, to its credit, a genuine whodunit.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    What starts out as a seemingly-routine excursion into genre clichés emerges into a more complex and satisfying arena than most viewers will anticipate.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Scary beyond belief serial killer thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very scary movie with a lot of intense peril and some grisly and upsetting deaths. A character is a prostitute and there are some sexual references, including a discussion of a possible out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Characters drink, smoke, and use strong language.

  • Families can talk about the enduring appeal of movies about serial killers.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Gruesome deaths. Very intense and graphic peril.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Character is a prostitute, some sexual references

  • language false5

    Language: Some very strong language

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking and smoking