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Based on 39 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In addition to Bana and Hall, Jim Broadbent is outstanding in a couple of scenes, as a government official, watching from the sidelines and offering warnings and advice. Broadbent is somehow menacing, pathetic and persuasive all at the same time. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Not only an intelligent, well-told and deftly acted story, it provides refreshing counter-programming in a season filled with noisy, uninspired sequels and mindless action movies. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Director John Crowley trots his crew around London, working up a suitable amount of suspense. And paranoia. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The big twist to Closed Circuit is stated in the film’s TV ads, so even the element of surprise is lost. There may have been the making of a juicy, episodes-long BBC series here, but as it is, there’s barely any juice at all. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Farber The Hollywood Reporter

    A couple of scenes toward the end do generate the suspense that the whole movie needed. But the impact is too muted, and an air of tired familiarity ultimately curdles the entire enterprise. show more

  • 30
    Jordan Hoffman

    The whole picture is lifeless and without consequence. show more

  • 45
    Ella Taylor NPR

    Even as a fantasy about where a lack of transparency might go, left unchecked, it's storytelling informed by sloppy, absolutist thinking, and it lends one more uncritical voice to the many who seem unable to distinguish between kinds and degrees of evil. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The satisfactions of the film are in seeing what a screen full of excellent players can do to steer you around the holes. Bana never quite seems enough to anchor a picture for me; all the same, he acquits himself sharply here. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The movie is low-key but each scene is packed with information. Full understanding demands full attention. show more

  • 63
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    It’s filmed with a sharp eye and filled with good performances. show more

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