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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The Lookout is Frank's show. He's crafted a haunting and hypnotic film that transcends pulp by creating characters that get under your skin. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A solidly above-average thriller. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    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. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Coolly crafted crime thriller. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Though The Lookout is eventually a genre film, with a tense, bang-up ending, it is also a thoughtful study of a young man trying to make sense of a world that he is having to learn all over again. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

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

  • 75
    TV Guide

    A smart, engrossing thriller in which you care as much about the characters as the crime. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Promises minor pleasures and delivers them. In the process, it's gracious enough to kick in a few extras: a nifty central gimmick, a self-effacing lead performance, and a big slice of ham from supporting actor Jeff Daniels . show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    With his directorial debut, screenwriting stalwart Scott Frank concocts a compelling variation on a reliable film noir convention. show more

  • December 09, 2008 Jackie McKrell
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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt did an excellent job. Good story. Would like to see him in more movies.

  • May 22, 2008 marsh1954
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    Pretty good movie. The acting was good (both good guys and bad) Gordon-Levitt very good but Daniels steals movie. Worth seeing

  • May 22, 2008 jadehirsch
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    DAAAAAAAMMMMMMMN Tommy finally grew up?!!

  • May 22, 2008 slw57
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    Both my husband and I enjoyed it. Jeff Daniels has made a lot of mediocre movies so I was skeptical, but he and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were great. Some interesting lines, don't miss 'em.

  • May 22, 2008 alexanderw
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    I loved the film - different and good character studies - See it.

  • May 22, 2008 hoggwldreptile
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    My wife and I went to see it, it was my pick, so I hoped we would both like it. If it blew, then I would have to hear about it and buy dinner and the next movie...anyways...I really like the movie and so did my wife. The main character did a very good job of acting as did most of the characters. I say definately go see it.

  • May 22, 2008 n10sbtfun
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    Gordon-Levitt is beautiful to watch, but the script has a few flaws that make the sincerity of the movie fall flat.

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