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Based on 14 Reviews
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  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The film works better as an uncomfortable character drama than as a murky family mystery, which Karpovsky deepens with some psychobabble. Still, a nicely sinister and shuddersome effort. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    A character-driven take on true-crime fare, Alex Karpovsky's Rubberneck marks a solid dramatic turn for a filmmaker best known for playing comedic parts in indie films like "Tiny Furniture." show more

  • 55
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    The thriller elements of the plot — which Karpovsky delivers quite ably, with an electric tension that carries through much of the film — aren't really balanced by the personal revelations on which Karpovsky eventually hangs Paul's problems. Both the mystery and the character piece wind up feeling incomplete. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    What’s good about Rubberneck is also what makes it tough to watch: Karpovsky burrows under the skin of this repressed romantic nebbish until the frame seems ready to burst. show more

  • 38
    Jesse Cataldo Slant Magazine

    The film takes on high-concept ideas that it can't sustain, and which only make its other problems more obvious. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    A too-pat ending also spoils Rubberneck (shorter: Mommy made me do it!), though it doesn’t ruin the steely pleasures of the filmmaking. show more

  • 83
    Eric Kohn indieWIRE

    Rubberneck has more in common with the growing Karpovsky oeuvre than it may appear -- and even inadvertently critiques it. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The movie is scattershot (intense at some moments, slack at others), but it earns its docu-style creepiness, and Karpovsky's stretch as an actor is daring and authentic. show more

  • 50
    Drew Taylor The Playlist

    Rubberneck is a thriller too drab and self-obsessed to ever be truly thrilling. show more

  • 80
    Ernest Hardy Village Voice

    Karpovsky is unsettlingly good as Paul, and Newman's Danielle is sexy and layered. show more

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