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The Lookout Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… start-to-finish 'gripping.' Read full 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.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A thriller that wheezes along on bits and pieces of ''character.''

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Frank's dialogue owes a little something to Elmore Leonard, but it's less comic and heavily brocaded.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    We saw what Mr. Gordon-Levitt could do in such diverse films as "Mysterious Skin" and "Brick," and in the TV sitcom "3rd Rock From the Sun." But this performance is something else. It's unforgettable.

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Rarely does a first-time director make as auspicious a debut as Scott Frank has done with the haunting, engrossing and intelligent thriller The Lookout.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Twisty heist flick is saved by star's performance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although younger viewers might be drawn to this film by star Joseph Gordon-Levitt, it features bloody, harrowing violence, lots of swearing ("f--k" and then some), and brief sexual imagery. A car accident is repeated from different angles throughout the film, and flashbacks showcase the aggression of hockey in short, handheld takes. But the goriest violence involves shootings (with handguns and shotguns) that result in bloody bodies. There are some brief glimpses of naked bottoms and other sexual scenes and characters drink (some to drunkenness), smoke cigarettes and pot, take prescription pills, and talk about meth production.

  • Families can talk about whether anyone in this movie can be considered a role model. Does Lewis provide a positive model for Chris? What about Chris' own father, who refuses to help him? Can what happens to Chris be considered a metaphor for how people change after high school? How does the movie compare his former happy life with his current limited and depressed existence?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Bank robbers are brutal and deceptive; Chris is confused and makes bad choices -- he eventually saves his friend's life, through violent means. Farm workers are generically referred to as "Juan and Ramone."

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Brutal car accident (auto hits a combine full-speed) is repeated in flashback and is increasingly bloody and/or violent each time; hockey game flashbacks are abrupt, slamming, and fast-cut; Chris' father keeps guns at home; shootouts are rough, with bloody injuries.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Chris comes on to his counselor ("I thnk about f--king you"); sex sounds heard from another room; a couple of brief naked-bottom shots (one man, one woman); Luvlee seduces Chris (she pulls up her nightgown and puts his hand on her); sexual slang ("did you get a hummer?", "getting blown," "bone"); conversation about Luvlee's work as a stripper.

  • language false5

    Language: Several uses of "f--k," as well as "ass," "s--t" (sometimes with "bull"), "damn," "prick," "hell," and "bitch."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cigarette and marijuana smoking; drinking in a bar and at home; Gary and Chris' father both get visibly, obnoxiously drunk; Chris is on meds; Gary uses an asthma inhaler; Lewis describes his experience cooking meth (the fumes blinded him).