Disturbia Reviews

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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