Arlington Road got very little press in 1999, but it does not fail to impress the discerning (and paranoid) auidience. More intellectual than The Matrix and more visceral than The Phantom Menace, Arlington Road is meant to be disturbing and open-ended. Well acted and scripted. The film's ending really delivers.
Not an over-publicized movie and the some web reviews leave you with mixed feelings, but one of the most gripping films I have seen in a while. A lot of twists and each turn leaves you thinking who's good and who's bad and will good eventually prevail. This movie never slows for one minute.
by Justin Kleinheider (firstname.lastname@example.org) on 10/23/1999
Arlington Road beautifully captures the spirit of 1970's filmmaking with brilliant writing and good pacing and paranoia in bringing it to a shocking conclusion. In addition, it combines these elements with the 90's visual style by making good use of unique camera angles and crisp cinematography. The acting is top notch with Bridges and Robbins delivering convincing and haunting performances. Joan Cusack is the big suprise with a menacing performance well outside her usually brilliant comedy. Nothing but high praise for the summer of 1999's best movie. It could turn out to be this year's best to boot.
This movie was great... It shows Tim Robbins at his best... Joan Cusack leaves her normally comic roles to play a psychotic wife. This movie has so many twists, it will keep you on the edge of your seat even after the movie is over...
Definitely one of the best movies of 1999. Brilliantly written and directed. The interactive menu and alternate ending is phenomenal. Absolutely wonderful performances by bridges and robbins. A sleeper classic.
Widowed when his fbi agent wife is killed by a right-wing group, college professor michael faraday becomes obsessed with the culture of these groups, especially when his new neighbors, the all-american oliver and cheryl lang, start acting suspiciously. With each twist the mystery deepens and the question looms.
The film, well paced and cleverly constructed as it builds to one last killer twist, becomes a battle of nerves between (the characters of) Faraday and Lang. It also becomes a splendid showcase for two exceptionally commanding actors as their characters square off... While this film's conception of a terrorist threat is apparent early on, its strength lies in a string of ingenious little surprises, and in an overall deviousness that doesn't show until the story is over...
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Paul Alexander, OUT
Superbly acted and skillfully directed.
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America
No one will be exhaling during the last twenty minutes of this movie.
John Anderson, Newsday
It's a first-rate suspense film.
Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Edgy action-filled entertainment.
Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
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