(2006)

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Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
A triumph for Judd and the director.
88
Begins as an ominous rumble of unease, and builds to a shriek. The last 20 minutes are searingly intense: A paranoid personality finds its mate, and they race each other into madness.
88
Engrossingly manic version of Tracy Letts's great stage play.
83
The enjoyably icky heart of Bug is still contained within the airless, increasingly ''bug-proofed'' room that becomes Agnes and Peter's whole world.
75
After nearly three decades of misfires, major and minor, William Friedkin, the creator of "The French Connection," "The Exorcist" and "Sorcerer," is back in true form with Bug. And heaven help us for it.
75
Chicago Tribune
Ashley Judd as Agnes White, and a relative newcomer, the remarkable Michael Shannon, as Peter Evans. They're both spellbinding.
75
Miami Herald
Bug has an uncompromising, anything-goes daring: Friedkin, 71, has nothing to lose at this point, and he has made this low-budget, brazenly over-the-top picture strictly on his own terms.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
It's one helluva movie that makes Ashley Judd look ugly and demented, while turning Harry Connick Jr. into the most frightening screen thug since Ben Kingsley in "Sexy Beast."
70
The Hollywood Reporter
With his (Friedkin) vigorous camera compositions and a talented cast, he manages to straddle a wickedly fine line between taught portrayal of paranoia and parody of paranoia.
50
Bug won't get under your skin as much as it will assault you with its ghastly claustrophobic drama and over-the-top performances.
50
A tale of love, desperation and conspiratorial madness, comes off on the big screen as a wacky psychological snow job.

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