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Paranoia

6/10
Thriller . Drama
 

An entry-level employee at a powerful corporation finds himself occupying a corner office, but at a dangerous price: he must spy on his boss's old mentor to secure for him a multi-billion dollar advantage.

 
Actors: Angela Sarafyan , Lucas Till , Julian McMahon , Richard Dreyfuss , Embeth Davidtz , Josh Holloway , Amber Heard , Gary Oldman , Harrison Ford , Liam Hemsworth
Directors: Robert Luketic
Country: USA , INDIA , FRANCE
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  • Bilge Ebiri

    Now it feels almost quaint, like a throwback. You watch it and, despite all the au courant techno geekery on display, you feel like you’ve stepped into a time capsule. It’s a nice feeling at first. If only the movie were better.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The only real reason Paranoia is even remotely worth watching is the chance to see Oldman and Ford go head-to-head like two vipers thrown into a potato sack.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    The actors do their best. The problem here is simply a formulaic screenplay and less-than-inspired direction.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    This one is essentially “The Firm” with smartphones.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    There’s a scene in a members-only club where Wyatt and Goddard meet, giving the two veteran actors the chance to go eyeball to eyeball for a couple of minutes of barbed dialogue. It almost makes the movie worth it.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Sean O’Connell

    There’s tension to be wrung from the premise, but Luketic is content to telegraph his movie’s juiciest twists, concentrating instead on applying a sleek visual sheen usually reserved for shampoo commercials.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    It plays more like a "21 Jump Street," full of pretty people and a thumping soundtrack but offering little in the way of something to say.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Hemsworth, who is Gale Hawthorne in "The Hunger Games" and the brother of the Hemsworth who stars as "Thor", has maybe one arrow in his acting quiver - he can look engaged.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Paranoia has a promising foundation — betrayal, danger and corporate espionage are solid building blocks of suspense. But the movie turns out to be more exasperating than exciting.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    There's nothing wrong with Paranoia that a stronger director, livelier leading actors and several hundred fewer narrative conveniences wouldn't cure.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    The filmmakers may have hoped to make a timely commentary on the amorality in our executive suites, but they end up merely restating the obvious. Maybe the whole thing would have played better as a corporate comedy, the kind that Doris Day and Rock Hudson made some 50 years ago.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • William Goss

    Frankly, no one in this ensemble is done any favors by Jason Hall and Barry Levy’s screenplay, a “Duplicity” for dummies filled to the brim with double-crossing cliches.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Kimber Myers

    The bland, boring Paranoia does little to distinguish itself and isn’t good (or even enjoyably bad enough) to be passable even as Saturday afternoon cable fodder.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    The film works only, if at all, as an unofficial Air Force One reunion, with Ford stopping just short of bellowing “Get off my jock!” during a pair of gritted-teeth encounters with Oldman. Some pleasures never go out of fashion.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    Even a cast boasting Oldman and Harrison Ford can't salvage his dreary, contrived corporate thriller.

    Empire Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    Paranoia is ostensibly a thriller, but there’s nothing remotely thrilling about it. This slick, plodding bore is as exciting as watching somebody else tap out text messages.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Ford and Oldman’s scenes together are Paranoia’s sole redeeming facet.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    Director Robert Luketic’s thriller Paranoia has a host of problems, but the biggest seems to be that no one in it is nearly paranoid enough.

    Variety Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    However, once you realize there's no "pleasure" to be had from something this wantonly dumb and idiotically constructed, all that's left is "guilt" - guilt that you actually spent money to see this.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Steve Macfarlane

    Robert Luketic's supposedly down-and-dirty corporate espionage thriller undercuts itself at nearly every turn by shunning any potential relevancy.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It is as slow, slick and superficial as the director of “21″ and “Killers” can make it.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    I'm not going to get into the acting, because there's not much of it, frankly. No one is embarrassingly bad; no one is exceptionally good.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Lewis

    A ho-hum thriller about corporate spying in the high-tech world, comes off as a lot more preposterous than paranoid, and it takes no more than a few frames for the eye rolling to commence.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    Although presumably meant to be a modern-day version of the classic conspiracy thriller "The Conversation," Paranoia is so vapid that it plays like "Antitrust" sans the food allergies.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It galls me that Hollywood thinks we're shallow enough to swallow this swill. Or am I just being paranoid?

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    You could drive an 18-wheeler through the substantial number of plot holes in Paranoia.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ernest Hardy

    This is a film at odds with itself, wanting to be a 99 percenter rallying cry but wallowing in and fetishizing 1 percenter accoutrement at every turn.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    The fact that Hemsworth is severely lacking in leading-man charisma also doesn’t help the pervasive overall incompetence of the film, which fixates on the perils and panic of our modern surveillance culture while itself proving to be borderline unwatchable.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Mr. Oldman and Mr. Ford are the only actors in the film, directed by Robert Luketic (“Legally Blonde”), skillful enough to navigate the yards of jargon-packed boilerplate in Jason Hall and Barry L. Levy’s thudding screenplay.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Paranoia’s twitchiness is like an actual twitch: it’s contrived and clunky, and you forget it in an instant.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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