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Untraceable Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… a complete black hole of
suck …
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  • 2.0

    out of 100

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  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    This joyless thriller runs the gamut from unconscionable through unwatchable to unendurable.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    A wan version of the same old tired serial killer story, despite its updated milieu -- cyberspace.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Lane skillfully sells the tech-heavy script. But after a much-too-early reveal of the murderer's identity, the ''low battery'' signal starts to flash on this film by thriller specialist Gregory Hoblit, director of last year's far superior "Fracture."

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Highly watchable, anchored sturdily by Lane's convincing performance.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A horrifying thriller, smart and tightly told, and merciless.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 17 and under

Violent torture thriller puts blame on the media.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this violent thriller features several long, disturbing scenes of torture -- bodies are bloodied, burned, dissolved in acid, and nearly decapitated by whirling blades. Other upsetting scenes feature Tasering, shooting, and a threat against a young girl, as well as plenty of images of dead bodies. All of this is framed within an argument against easy access to images of violence and abuse via the Internet, but that doesn't make it any less disturbing. Language includes repeated uses of "f--k" and other profanity.

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The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The killer is angered by violence's exposure in the media and makes his viewers complicit in his crimes. Agents are frustrated, angry, and eventually triumphant.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Incessant violence (on computer screens and "live") committed by the serial killer, who tortures victims in front of a Web cam. These scenes are bloody, loud, and variously creepy: one involves the death of a kitten, while others show poisoning/bleeding, burning by sunlamps, bodily immersion in a vat of acid, and suspension over roaring lawnmower-style blades. The killer uses a Taser to zap his victims unconscious. SWAT teams burst into a couple of suspects' homes. Frequent tense moments as characters make their way through dark shadows. Plenty of guns wielded by agents -- and shot at suspect. Repeated viewing of a graphic scene in which a man shoots his head off. References to terrorism and using the Internet to publicize violence. Verbal references to a cop killed on the job, and several references to sex-related crimes (soliciting children online, for instance).

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some brief shots of porn Web sites on FBI computer monitors; images of "bondage" found in one suspect's home are shown briefly. A couple of non-explicit shower scenes suggest a woman's vulnerability (camera hovers outside shower or above her crouched form). Passing references to a male flirting with a "men's chorus soprano."

  • language false5

    Language: Many uses of "f--k," in addition to frequent instances of other language ("s--t," "damn," "hell," "ass," etc.) In one instance, "f--k" is carved into a victim's chest.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Pepsi vending machine in cops' office.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue