(2007)

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Metascore

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88
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.
88
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.
80
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.
75
A solidly above-average thriller.
75
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 .
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Coolly crafted crime thriller.
75
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.
75
Chicago Tribune
Frank's dialogue owes a little something to Elmore Leonard, but it's less comic and heavily brocaded.
75
A smart, engrossing thriller in which you care as much about the characters as the crime.
75
Premiere
With his directorial debut, screenwriting stalwart Scott Frank concocts a compelling variation on a reliable film noir convention.
50
A thriller that wheezes along on bits and pieces of ''character.''

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