“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“Better Than Rear Window”
“Shia LaBeouf ... Has A Great Screen Presence”
“Disturbia Well Not Disturbing To Viewers At All”
“Disturbia Is A Heart-pounding Thriller That You'll Sit On The Edge Of Your Seat The Whole Movie, While Saying: Did He Just Do That?”
“BEHIND YOU SHIA!”
“REAR WINDOW For The New Ages!”
“This Movie Was Ok, Expected More.”
“Great Movie Of Suspense”
“ A Teen Thriller With Some Comedic Value Added By LaBeuf”
“Worth A Watch.”
“Realistic, Great Suspense 5 Stars Until Kale And Julie Walked Out Of The Serial Killer His House Towards The Ariving Police. What A Lame Ending.”
“A Great, Suspensful Movie That Keeps You On The Edge Of Your Seat!”
“Shia Is Truly Becoming A Terrific Actor”
“More Than I Expected, Something For Everyone, Funny,witty,sexy,bit Of Drama Its Even Got Blood! ”
“TEENAGE SUSPENSE THAT RAISES THE BAR OF STANDARDS OF THINGS TO COME!!!!”
“I've Never Been Happier To Be Wrong.”
“Keeps You On The Edge Of Your Seat!”
“Disturbia Is A Slick Thriller That Crafts A Trite Teen Movie Into An Intriguing Portrayal Of Post-9/11 Voyeurism.”
“A Thrilling And Exciting Ride From Start To Finish! Your Heart Will Be Pounding With Every Breath! You'll Never Look At Your Neighbors The Same Way Again!”
Disturbia, unlike Hitchcock's masterpiece of urban-courtyard fishbowl voyeurism, is a Rear Window that never bothers to peer into more than one window.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Instead of manufacturing elaborate, ridiculous plot twists or imposing overwrought psychological melodrama on a basically absurd premise [director] Caruso and the screenwriters opt for efficient, clever B-movie execution.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Despite the interesting set-up, the action degenerates into obvious implausibility and silliness - fatal for a suspense thriller - and boredom sets in.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Offsetting the chilly voyeurism is a viable teen romance and an appealing sense of humor. Though there are occasional lapses in logic, Disturbia is consistently suspenseful and entertainingly disturbing.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
The film quickly shifts from a clever homage to Rear Window to a bad parody of The Silence of the Lambs.
John Maynard - Washington Post
Every piece of the story is jammed predictably into place. Kale sees the cute girl next door; the cute girl comes over. Kale sees the killer next door; the killer comes over.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Ironically, Disturbia's a thriller that doesn't want to bother you.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
What Disturbia lacks in complexity, it makes up for in witty jokes, sneaky jolts and a timeless lesson: If you've got windows, someone's always watching.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The most disturbious part of Disturbia is how engaging this teenage thriller manages to be, even though it's a shameless rip-off of Rear Window.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Despite the foolishness, and despite the patent knockoffs of Rear Window and American Beauty, Disturbia is a likable little thriller.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
Disturbia will have young people on the edge of their seat, cringing and thinking at the same time.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
One way you know that D.J. Caruso is a resourceful director is that he scares you silly with a minimum of violence and a few smears of blood.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
Comparisons [to Rear Window] are probably something the makers of Disturbia don't want us to make, since Disturbia, for all its glitz and gadgets, is markedly inferior in everything but teen appeal.
Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune
The proceedings devolve into standard horror-movie effects and minimal motivations. [And] Hitchcock's original never had to resort to thunder and lightning to goose up the suspense.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
Like Rear Window before it, Disturbia is sly and suspenseful and full of mounting dread.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
There isn't much in the way of surprise plot twists. But the predictability is offset by the movie's energy.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Filled with both youthful angst and innocent energy, which makes for more interesting contrasts than you might expect in a slasher-next-door flick.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Director D.J. Caruso takes a lot of time to develop the characters. That works to the film's advantage because the viewer winds up invested in their fate.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
The gifted and resourceful Mr. LaBoeuf is a young actor worth keeping an eye on, and director Caruso mounts a neat sense of suspense with tight camera angles and judicious, fast-paced editing.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Disturbia is disturbingly contemporary in its celebration of the technology that can make us all potential victims of the full-time snoops among us.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
A modest but squirmingly fun suspenser that brings Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window into the era of vidcams and cell phones, serving up hearty, youth-skewing portions of PG-13 violence and bikini-bait along the way.
Justin Chang - Variety
Director D.J. Caruso relies entirely too much on cliched shock cuts and keeps pulling back every time the flick seems to be settling into anything close to a creepy mood.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The chills are genuine. And there's something very rewarding about sitting through a new version of a movie any film buff knows by heart.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
While Disturbia does nothing to advance or honour Hitchcock, the movie succeeds on its modest terms.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The filmmakers' belief that modern audiences will only respond to noisy, inarticulate endings dooms this movie to a last act that devalues, rather than elevates, it.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Rear Window meets the iTunes era in fun, slick suspense pic.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
Part of the filmmakers' point is that any old nutcase might be lurking behind the drawn curtains of the house next to you in just such an anonymous locale. Still makes for a mighty limiting, boring place to set a movie, though.
David Germain - Associated Press
No sense kicking this thriller for plot holes and lapses in logic when the action, suspense and flirty sex come at such a lively clip.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Has nowhere near the conceptual sophistication of Rear Window, where the protagonist's absorption in what he's watching mirrors the viewer's. The problem with Disturbia is that for most of the film you'll wish you weren't watching at all.
Dennis Lim - Los Angeles Times
Unfortunately, what starts out as a rounded and intelligent thriller soon turns up the silly for an OTT finale that betrays the tense and well-plotted build-up.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Disturbia is a thoroughly enjoyable film that conforms to the horror genre's conventions, yet always feels fresh thanks to a combination of well-judged performances, cleverly structured writing and suitably claustrophobic direction.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
A feature-length alt-rock-soundtrack shill that merges with violin strains that would make even Bernard Herrmann blanch.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
...an unabashedly high-concept premise that's primarily employed to surprisingly positive effect...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Disturbia is a well-made, very entertaining thriller.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
In addition to borrowing the idea behind Rear Window, Disturbia pays homage to Hitchcock in its sense of pacing, as well, in its use of the Hitchcock's signature slow build.
Heather Huntington - ReelzChannel.com
Like its attractive leads, director DJ Caruso's smart teen thriller may be self-conscious, but it is undeniably appealing,
Tim Grierson - Screendaily
As a thriller, this is mechanical and predictable - barely one-step away from cookie-cutter formulaic - and yet the film actually works up a decent amount of genuine feeling, thanks to the cast of characters.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
With all the promise to be the year's best teen scream flick, Disturbia gets lost while overly trying to please its demographic.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
Disturbia takes it's time setting up the thrills and Shia LaBeouf actually acts like a high schooler.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
An baleis stin akri ta almata tis plokis kai tis trypoyles poy kseprobaloyn deila edo ki ekei, leitoyrgei mia hara san kalogyalismeno efibiko thriler, poy toylahiston kanei tin prospatheia gia na se koroidepsei poylontas hip moyri, se antithesi me alla po
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
A limp teenage by-the-numbers version of Rear Window.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
One of the big sleepers of the year.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
The parts of the film that work...are surprisingly due mostly to the presence of Shia LaBeouf.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
This occasionally amusing thriller will probably not be Shia's best-remembered moment, but it is worth a peep.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
DJ Caruso's neat little thriller won't win any awards for originality (Hitch will be spinning six feet under) but it does work surprisingly well bearing in mind you can almost second guess every plot twist.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Disturbia's limits are those of its hero - an amiable, faintly clueless young man with a brief attention span.
David Gritten - Daily Telegraph
Not quite Rear Window, but can certainly hold its own with The 'Burbs.
Adam Tanswell - Little White Lies
Hitchcock would turn in his grave.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Caruso's no Hitchcock, and Disturbia is not as original, suspense-filled or well-acted as the James Stewart-Grace Kelly masterpiece, but for its predominantly male, teenage audience it delivers enough shocks to be entertaining.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Take along a good book - possibly Ted Lewis's The Serpent - and read it by the light of the effulgent cliches.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
The teen support cast are vacuous and director DJ Caruso strays a little too far into Grand Guignol territory for the over-extended climax, but Disturbia's otherwise bang on the money: $80m at the US box-office was no fluke.
Jamie Graham - Total Film
Smartly directed thriller with a witty script, a great performance from Shia LaBeouf and some hugely enjoyable suspense scenes.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Entertaining Hitchcock-lite for a generation that would rather dial P for pizza than M for murder.
William Thomas - Empire Magazine
Take an Alfred Hitchcock classic, remix it for generation youtube and you've got Disturbia, a smart and involving thriller about the perils of voyeurism.
Paul Arendt - BBC
Disturbia goes through the Hitchcockian motions with great skill and good humour - but among the many pleasures it has to offer its viewers, there are few real surprises.
Anton Bitel - Film4
...a decent thriller that follows the genre pretty closely, although I wish it hadn't concluded in such an obvious manner.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Borrowing a page or two from of the Hitchcock classic Rear Window (1954), this riveting psychological thriller for the Internet Age delivers as compelling a variation on the helpless voyeur theme as one might hope to find.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Though not without its weak points, when the film works, it really delivers.
Felix Gonzalez Jr. - DVD Review
Towards the end, Disturbia does unravel into something not nearly as smart but that doesn't stop the first two acts from being a slick little observation on the multiple levels of reality that surround us today.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Even though the story goes bonkers at the end, this teen thriller keeps us entertained--and on the edge of our seats.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The difficulty of keeping home confinement tense and vital for feature length proves a strain but works as a result of LaBeouf's zany energetic charm.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
This is a worthy successor to 'Rear Window.'
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
It's neither horror, nor thriller, just a teen melodrama set to a thriller backdrop that I could take or leave...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Disturbia isn't merely full of characters who make stupid decisions, but made by filmmakers who did the same.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
You'll jump as if you've had electrodes attached to your sensitive parts; but when your nerve endings stop tingling, your brain won't remember a thing.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
Teetering between weirdly mesmerizing and inexplicably clumsy, D.J. Caruso's film offers a worthy investigation of voyeurism, as it pervades current popular culture in the form of reality TV and user-generated internet videos.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Whilst it plays it safe and conventional in every way - it still somehow manages to entertain and engage for much of its run time
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
The inherent predictability of this formula would be a letdown if not for efficient storytelling, and a great sense of what makes for good suspense without resorting to graphic gore.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Get some friends and some popcorn and settle in for a fun diversion that manages to defeat its few glaring weaknesses with real style.
Karina Montgomery - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This teen 'Rear Window' apparently is functioning as a suitable My First Horror Film for the young audiences that have turned it into one of the year's unequivocal hits.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Disturbia slowly builds from suspense to shocks at the cost of very few brain cells.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Asks what a teenage boy is to do when he's been placed under house arrest for assaulting a teacher. The answer? Take a cue from Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" and start spying on the neighbors.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
A smart, efficient little thriller that wears its heredity proudly.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
A suspense thriller that switches gears far too many times mixing humor and horror.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
If Disturbia is remembered ten years from now, it probably won't be because of its standing as a superior thriller, but rather as a dead-on portrait of the current teenage generation's obsession with media and media technology.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It hasn't the openness to find a perspective on teenage life.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A feeble attempt to update Hitch's classic for the teen beat generation of today.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
...slick and well-constructed (if predictable)...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
A good old fashioned tension-laden thrill ride that's as satisfying for an old Hitchcock fan as it is for the Scary Movie set.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
...An involving and clever redo of Hitch's original that elicits its own suspenseful set pieces.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
Would sag without LaBeouf, carrying his first movie and making credible connections with each co-star.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Disturbia is a decent entry in the killer thriller genre that will appeal to teens and beyond.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
With the burden of inevitable comparisons to Hitchcock's masterpiece upon it, Disturbia carves out its own modest spot as a decent thriller until caving in to the demand for a big finish.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Assuming that reasonably competent mediocrity was the goal here, Caruso and company have succeeded in arriving at their mid-level dreams.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
It's not as classy as its cinematic great-grandfather, "Rear Window."Still, "Disturbia" is an entertaining, worthwhile thriller that nicely updates Hitchcock's iconic work.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
That dynamic of alienated teens versus the icily assured adult... brings a defining edge to the otherwise effectively executed but familiar thriller.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
LaBeouf is a likable and easygoing personality, but he easily turns smug and artificial on screen.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
If you are into suspense films and you don't mind predicting the ending very early on, then go check out this film, since it really isn't as bad as some of the previews lead you to think.
Zack Haddad - Film Threat
Tense and terrifying, the mystery morphs into a violent psycho-slasher-thriller.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
This is a cool little thriller with some big scares and fine performances.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Suitably giddy with its horror-movie platitudes aimed at mocking the facade of suburban hysteria...this thriller thrives with the right amount of scrappy charm and intrigue.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
'Disturbia' is a tight, suspenseful, well-acted thriller.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
Disturbia doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is, and thank goodness for that.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
The picture is as bland as its star.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Closing on a surprisingly prudish, prosurveillance note, you don't have to wonder if lessons have been learned. Downloaded, maybe. Not learned.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
Don't waste your time with this mediocre imitation. Rent the original.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
D. J. Caruso and writers Christopher B. Landon and Carl Ellsworth have indeed ripped off Hitchcock to some extent, but it's also quite original, and some of the visuals are breathtaking.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
It eventually evolves into a credible thriller, one pointedly rather than coincidentally embedded in the trivia of its time.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Disturbia stands above most of its genre neighbors by realizing that it's the minutes that come before the last-minute twist that really count.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
Unoriginal but still effective, and shows anew how well-suited themes of voyeurism (we all like to watch) are to movies, especially thrillers.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
From its riveting beginning until its edge of your seat conclusion, 'Disturbia' manages to breathe some new life into the stale and tired thriller genre
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Disturbia seems unsure whether to be a creepy thriller, a drama or a coming-of-age comedy. What's certain about this well-acted, visually assured movie is that, scene by scene, it's often lively and engaging.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
far deeper that you might expect from a typical teen drama.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
For the most part a taut, careful thriller that emphasizes suspense over blood and gore.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
A well-acted little teenage thriller that takes good advantage of visual premises and common modern technology's increasing potential for making us all avid, and even rabid, voyeurs.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
LaBeouf, a soulful-eyed wiseguy with a complex emotional repertoire, keeps the movie interesting even after utter predictability sets in.
Kurt Loder - MTV
Caruso ... almost lets this one wander out of control in horror mode near the end. He reins it back in just in time, though.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
There's something fishy about the whole film, given his success in tapping into your nervous system while disengaging your brain. But at least you can comfort yourself with the knowledge that you are being manipulated by an expert.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Caruso, a very visual director, serves up some surprises and scares, and he's paced his movie briskly. You're out of this disturbing suburbia before you know it, shaken and even stirred.
Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
It never manages to be disturbing in an intelligent psychological sense; it opts instead for B-film cliched shocks.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May not make kids rent Rear Window but it's still better than the Christopher Reeve remake where they never even revealed where the killer hid the body.
Fred Topel - Hollywood.com
...what the director gets right - very right in the move's first two acts - is the ways kids relate and interact in a modern world where iPods and laptops are ubiquitous, where a lot of the world is reducible to digital blips.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
LeBeouf makes for a likeable, ankle-bracelet-saddled sleuth, while Caruso confidently ratchets the suspense. Even the romantic subplot -- never advised in a taut thriller such as this -- is winning enough to make it a welcome distraction.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
If you're going to remake (or salute) a Hitchcock classic, it's fine to start off like Disturbia. It is not fine to end up like Disturbia.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Fails on the scores of credibility and originality, but since it's nearly as thrilling as it is unlikely, the picture works out to be trashy fun.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Disturbia isn't your first choice this weekend if you're in your 20s or older, but for the crowd who are about the same age as Shia and the gang, this is great Friday night material.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Reasonably smart and sometimes funny -- right up until the end, when it sells out its intelligence in favor of a standard-issue dose of overwrought violence.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Crisp performances, a creepy bad guy, absorbing plot twists, capable direction, and a script that has some telling points to make about the way we saturate ourselves with media make this thriller, like Kale's neighbors, very watchable.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" is refreshingly renewed with teen-infused funky energy in D.J. Caruso's rollicking "Disturbia."
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
A one-dimensional thriller, albeit one more stylish than the ones churned out for the older teen-early 20s demographic.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
By and large, the characters in Disturbia do all the dumb, reckless things we've come to expect -- and rightly mock -- in cheesy suspense flicks.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Okay, so DreamWorks has remade Rear Window with teens, but could it actually be good? Welcome back to the edge of your seat.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Won't go down in history for its artistry, but it's an entertaining movie with a sense of humor and a promising star.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
A surprisingly competent film, Disturbia lives up to its title. It's rare to find a decent film turn up in the dead of April, traditionally Hollywood's dump month for shelved oddities.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
Director D.J. Caruso's teen-friendly spin on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window does so many things right that it's a shame to see it sink into horror-movie cliches.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Obviously, nothing is going to compare to Rear Window, but Disturbia is nevertheless a neat, well-made little thriller that's worth checking out.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Writers Christopher B. Landon and Carl Ellsworth (RED EYE), and director D. J. Caruso have avoided the trap of trying to remake Hitchcock's classic [REAR WINDOW]. Rather, this is a deft re-imagining of the premise.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Rear Window redone for a more paranoid age, an age that embraces its paranoia as The New Normal, and not something to be disturbiaed about at all.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
LaBeouf and Roemer have a frisky chemistry, and the always-reliable Morse is a delicious devil.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
If not perfection, "Disturbia" achieves something more than most modern thrillers - the right to describe itself in that genre and a few others. This hodgepodge homage becomes stupid and shrill in its final reel, but it's a nifty good time.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
as an homage to old-fashioned suspense films, you could do a lot worse
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
Rear Window gets a facelift for the iPod generation.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Apart from a contemporary setting, nothing about Disturbia gives it an advantage over Rear Window.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
A mash-up of Dawson's Creek and The Conversation. Unfortunately, the movie begins losing its grip around the time Ronny notes that a garage smells 'like the corpse of a rotting hottie.'
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
In addition to being a solid thriller, Disturbia is also a scathing indictment of life in suburbia and the movie gamely plays to teens while taking their angst to task.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Along the way, you get just enough caffeinated jolts and creepy suspense to make you feel like you didn't just waste your time.
Dave White - Movies.com
A blockbuster of suspense, a scorching nail-biter of a movie that will have you jumping out of your seat more than once.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Presents itself as an adolescent variation on Rear Window, updated with modern technology and steeped in the conventions of thrillers. That's exactly what it delivers. In fact, that's all it delivers.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
A pre-Scream horror film, wearily trudging through all the cliched genre tropes Wes Craven gleefully deconstructed, but with a straight face and a shrill soundtrack.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
Until the final reels it's actually a fairly nifty little thriller...Unfortunately, it goes awry in the last act.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Guaranteed to get your inner high-schooler excited for the end of the semester.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
A sneak-up-and-touch-you-on-the-shoulder movie, rather than a smash-you-in-the-face-with-an-anvil one, Disturbia is a surprisingly satisfying thriller.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
When the killer shows his hand, the film deteriorates into a typical slasher, complete with jerky angles, blurry footage and ridiculous, near-supernatural chases.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Not high art, but it serves its purpose.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
OK, so Rear Window was better plotted and more richly apportioned than this update. And so what if you can see every plot twist bearing down like a rush-hour commuter express? Disturbia still boasts a scrappy charm.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
Ultimately seems like something of a missed opportunity.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Some might think tackling the subject of an Alfred Hitchcock movie would be blasphemous, but everyone involved makes Disturbia good enough to stand on its own.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
With a new gore fest being released on a near-weekly basis these days, it's nice to see a thriller come down the pike that gets under your skin the old-fashioned way: without showing you much of anything.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
John Hughes meets Alfred Hitchcock meets the 21st century in Disturbia, an adeptly crafted if not terribly original horror-thriller.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Disturbia's reworking of Rear Window for the YouTube generation is pretty nifty, drenching its tale of paranoid surveillance in the type of modern techno-gadgetry that's helped transform privacy from a right into a luxury.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
It's no Rear Window; but it's a slick update
Joel Meares - Filmcritic.com
[The main characters] come across as tremendously industrious and likable. They know that, for all its dangers, they are living out a teen fantasy: Spying on adults in order to get the goods on them.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
A lot of the movie works because LaBeouf is becoming a soulful, intelligent presence on-screen.
Steve Murray - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The preposterousness of Disturbia increases at an alarming rate ... until you finally start losing track of all of your objections.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
With dark shocks, canny laughs and teenage romance, this suspense flick is pure popcorn pleasure.
Simon Glickman - E! Online
Was Freddy Krueger on vacation? Michael Myers not taking calls? Part of the supposed "fun" of Disturbia is guessing if Turner is a menace or just misunderstood. With Morse in the role, the work has already been done for the viewer.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
This really is LaBeouf's vehicle, and he proves to be an appealing star presence.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Works well enough -- not enough to ignore the intellectual robbery, but enough to be a derivative but fun little thriller.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
"Disturbia" is like "Rear Window," only if "Rear Window" had been written and directed by morons and James Stewart had been replaced by a kid from the Disney Channel.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
The director takes a script laced with one obvious moment after another and manages to make a predictable picture even more so with staging which telegraphs every twist.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Disturbia is a pot luck of comedy, romance & suspense that offers a little something for everyone.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Who is behind the rise of LaBeouf? Didn't anyone learn anything from the stardom-forced-on-us debacles of Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Chris Klein?
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
It's like someone took The Burbs and cross-bred it with the career of Freddie Prinze Jr.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
If Alfred Hitchcock were alive today, and if he wanted to remake one of his own films for an MTV audience ... well, he still wouldn't make Disturbia.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Disturbia is meant to infuse the suburban veneer of tranquility with an undercurrent of lurking menace and dormant depravity, and well it does.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
The last half more than makes up for what I thought was a draggy first half. I hesitate to call it "Hitchcockian," because I think it's even better than that.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
This slick and suspenseful story about the killer next door keeps you going as long as you don't think about its lapses in logic.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
This by-the-numbers teen thriller is so formulaic that it makes a good date movie. You can predict what happens and devote half your time to snogging, say.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The film is likewise witty and intelligent -- that is, until the final act, when it eschews the tension of an unreliable point of view for modern horror elements.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
A young hip hero, well played by up-and-coming star Shia LaBeouf, and clever use of new technology mark this semi-successful update of Hitchcock's Rear Window and other classics about surveillance and voyeurism.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Slickly shot, generally well-acted, and entirely, predictably conventional from stem to stern.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical