“A masterpiece of suspense. Everything – the hand-held camerawork the swift editing, the anxious music – contributes to an overpowering sense of danger. Played with tiger-shark ferocity by Michael Shannon. He is the film’s center of gravity – its supernova. Stunningly effective. Concise, emotionally potent storytelling.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Phenomenal! Pulses with energy from the very beginning. Driven by great performances from Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern.”
“A terrifically acted nail-biter”
“Absolutely riveting! An edge-of-your-seat thriller.”
“Michael Shannon magnetizes all eyes.”
“Andrew Garfield & Michael Shannon bring the house down.”
“Andrew Garfield breaks your heart.”
“Thrillingly urgent mainstream entertainment.”
“Instantly gripping and edge-of-your-seat tense!”
Laura Dern is eternally great!”
"The best American movie of the year, and what may be the most important American feature film of the past five years" Michael Shannon is among the best actors in American film."
"Urgent and timely. Andrew Garfield's performance burrows deep. Michael Shannon gives a tour-de-force turn. You can't look away. 4 stars."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
“Writer-director Ramin Bahrani’s best film yet. A dynamite performance by Michael Shannon that showcases his formidable gifts.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Michael Shannon channels his character's demons with supernatural discipline. Sensational."
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“One of the most interesting, elegantly crafted and … elating films to come along in recent memory. A movie that should be seen. Michael Shannon is an actor of singular power. Andrew Garfield gives a phenomenal performance. A virtuoso director, Ramin Bahrani, working from a thumbscrew of a screenplay he wrote with Amir Nadeeri and Bahareh Azimi.”
WALL STREET JOURNAL
"5 stars. A gripping thriller."
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
"You can' take your eyes off of Michael Shannon. 4 stars."
THE BOSTON GLOBE
"Michael Shannon is one of those rare actors that has such an unwavering talent that an audience knows that if he is on screen, the project is almost guaranteed to be better for it."
LARRY KING NOW