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Arlington Road

1999
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 57m
A gripping contemporary thriller about the terrible truths that can hide behind everyday appearances, Arlington Road is an intense, edge-of-your-seat journey that reveals just how little we know about the world around us. (Sony Pictures)
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Arlington Road

1999
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 57m
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Avg Percentile 52.43% from 2114 total ratings

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Rated 05 Dec 2006
62
59th
Cheesy terrorist thriller hasn't aged well, but Jeff Bridges is still great as the professor suspecting that his namby-pamby neighbor Tim Robbins is a terrorist. Robbins threatens to sidetrack the whole thing again.
Rated 29 Aug 2010
82
80th
Starts slowly but ultimately draws you into its web. Possibly the last good pre-9/11 film about terrorism, this movie just could not be made in today's times. I think its overall impact has lessened over time, but at the time I found it to be both brilliant and terrifying.
Rated 17 Jul 2011
67
63rd
11 Eylul'den once tokat gibi bir film olmus. Sonuyla carpiyor.
Rated 29 Apr 2009
75
71st
A film that has a good suspense, is a bit repetitive in its development, but it ends well, clever and unpredictable.
Rated 18 Jun 2013
1
10th
Hey, I bet you didn't see that improbable coincidence coming, or that one, or that one, or that one. Hey, look at me, I can subvert Hollywood conventions by having the good guy lose!
Rated 02 Sep 2008
43
17th
Nonsensical at best, Road takes two of our better actors and pits them against each other for no apparent reason. More like a Lifetime movie with a higher production value, and just as forgettable.
Rated 05 Sep 2013
54
23rd
Arlington Road is a movie that aims to surprise its viewers. And it does that to a tee.
Rated 15 May 2014
65
48th
I thought it was a pretty good thriller with a great cast, but the title song by Gin Blossoms sucked.
Rated 26 Aug 2014
91
96th
Superb psychological thriller that's about as unsettling as you can make it: domestic terrorism, kids with rifles, dead wives and Joan Cusack as your neighbor. The only thing missing is Lindsay Buckingham belting out a chorus of "Arlington Roooooooooooad".
Rated 19 Mar 2007
59
26th
Not as gripping or as engaging as it should have been. Hard to recommend unless you don't have something better to do that day.
Rated 10 Oct 2012
39
3rd
Beyond laughably godawful. But would be pretty entertaining to those who still believe in such a false dichotomy. I can't even waste anymore time writing a review of this trite crap...
Rated 31 Dec 2010
95
57th
Wow...this film really snuck up on me and drew me right in...suspenseful and impossible to predict. Very cool movie.
Rated 17 Dec 2021
3
31st
the plot almost kills the movie, it doesn't quite get suburban paranoia but the cast and mothmans director pulls it through with some intense unsettling moments
Rated 19 Jan 2011
53
15th
While the plot in "Arlington Road" is rather far-fetched, that really doesn't matter that much. After all, it is a fictional story. "Arlington Road" is definitely carried by the strong performances of Tim Robbins and, especially, Jeff Bridges. "Arlington Road" is a taut thriller that keeps on surprising. Oh, and the ending has balls.
Rated 27 Jan 2011
89
67th
this road provides a thrilling breakneck ride.......
Rated 12 Feb 2011
80
77th
Suffers from an ending that drags on about 5 minutes too long to spell out what happened for stupid people.
Rated 16 Feb 2011
65
30th
Standard thriller, but with a great unexpected twist at the end!
Rated 18 Mar 2020
54
60th
Seen: 2.
Rated 01 Oct 2011
80
78th
Top badass moment? Faraday giving Tim Robbins' character a good slap. Beating up smug bastards is badass, even if it didn't help much in the end. Most professors probably can't fight like that either. (Years ago I was taught mathematics by a professor with an integral named after him; but I struggle to imagine him in any sort of punch-up.) 0 cats and 0 decapitations.
Rated 05 Apr 2012
40
8th
The rest was ok, but the ending chases me, because it was soo stupid! But yea this revealing "just how little we know about the world around us" isn't my cup of tea anyways.
Rated 02 May 2012
70
37th
Interesting premise but if Bridges was my neighbor I would be seriously pissed off. Acting was alright but I expected more from both Bridges and Robbins, and Robbins wife (Joan Cusack maybe?) was pretty awful.
Rated 08 Dec 2017
92
98th
One of the greatest conspiracy movies.
Rated 15 Jul 2012
1
17th
Does a pretty good job at building up tension but the ending is contrived and completely absurd if you think about it for more than two seconds.
Rated 28 Mar 2016
80
37th
Bit of a slow starter but stick with it as the tension and complexity build up to a gripping climax. Subject matter would appear relevant given the number of recent terrorist attacks in the west but this thriller does not offer any additional insights.
Rated 05 Dec 2017
65
59th
Direction could be way better, but the plot remains very clever.
Rated 01 Dec 2016
100
96th
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Rated 10 Jan 2014
41
15th
Preposterous. Nonsense. Bollocks. Take your pick
Rated 04 Sep 2016
60
43rd
This story of a white person being a terrorist is such a novel concept that it's really amazing that no one has come up with this bizarre idea before. I recommend it.
Rated 17 May 2014
64
68th
What does it say about terrorists who, after months (years?) of meticulous planning and endless networking, put all their faith in a frenzied Jeff Bridges being able to drive a (rental) car at blistering speeds through several miles of downtown Washington DC traffic without getting pulled over by a single cop, killing a single pedestrian, or ramming the vehicle into a Starbucks and/or Wallgreens? Bravo, terrorists. You win.
Rated 30 May 2014
50
22nd
Very funny, especially the ending.
Rated 17 Jul 2014
78
61st
Slow and to melodramatic in the beginning, but oh my, what an end.
Rated 19 Apr 2016
69
72nd
Solid psychological thriller. Very interesting casting; not the roles I expect for Tim Robbins and Jeff Bridges. Slow burn with solid acting. And man is this film dark.
Rated 15 Aug 2015
80
41st
the end was very effecting!!
Rated 28 Sep 2015
7
63rd
Although it could have built its intensity more gradually, Arlington Road at least does well at maintaining it right up until its refreshingly devastating (if a tad far-fetched) climax, thanks to Bridges' crazed, slightly over-the-top lead turn and the heavy socio-political content from his lectures that fills in the gaps between the thrilling scenes of his paranoid detective work, his chilling interactions with the subtly creepy Robbins and Cusack, and the final high-octane action sequences.
Rated 27 Dec 2015
77
27th
Great idea, execution could be improved upon. Lacklustre direction makes it lack intensity. Somewhat surprising ending.
Rated 06 Jun 2008
25
8th
Not good.
Rated 25 Feb 2007
35
7th
Far too contrived.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
60
62nd
Quite good.
Rated 18 Mar 2007
1
7th
I was somewhat enjoying this until the entirely implausible twist ending. That ruined it. Some credit for the downbeat nature of said ending, though (I guess that's a spoiler but you won't care).
Rated 02 Apr 2007
68
28th
One of those movies that's super-cool while you're watching it, and then less and less so when you reflect upon it later (like, are his neighbours psychic, or how did they know he'd do what he did?)
Rated 03 Aug 2007
74
28th
Gripping but gimmicky. Robbins was genuinely chilling, though.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
84
42nd
A gripping thriller that almost ties all its knots together.
Rated 17 Aug 2007
65
23rd
I had a feeling this movie would suck...and it did.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
85
86th
Very good
Rated 31 Aug 2007
0
3rd
This movie is essentially there to make you angry. Since this is absolutely not the reason why I go to movies, I rated this a Zero. If you don't get as emotionally involved in movies as I do, and can leave without feeling angry and used, then by all means, watch this movie. I personally felt it was very blatantly and obviously manipulative, and it was not a fun experience in any way.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
50
22nd
Occasionally tense, but messy thriller with some nice performances and an insulting twist.
Rated 16 Sep 2007
93
85th
loved tim robbins in this.
Rated 28 Jan 2008
84
84th
Exciting thriller with brilliant ending. LiKED: uncertainty, suspense, the ending. DiSLiKED: lack of action.
Rated 07 Mar 2008
36
15th
Tim Robbins is a great creepy neighbor, but it got caught up in the fad of the crazy-out-of-nowhere twist, and it cheapens the rest of thriller with a ton of potential.
Rated 31 Mar 2008
40
25th
If i had never seen the preview 20 times i might have liked the movie. The beginning & ending were great but the whole middle is slow & me just waiting to see events shown in the preview unfold. I think Jeff is a loser, and Tim is great, all the characters are more interesting than the main one, & who cares about him?
Rated 02 Jun 2008
95
97th
Truly a masterpiece.
Rated 24 Sep 2010
67
57th
Has several lapses of logic, or realism, but something about the earnestness of Bridges and the tension and paranoia actually working, really makes this pretty entertaining.
Rated 27 Jun 2008
70
76th
good movie
Rated 15 Aug 2008
91
88th
Whilst watching this, I could not help but dislike Jeff Bridges character. His obsessive meddling irritates the bejesus of of me. Great story and an interesting ending.
Rated 28 Sep 2008
82
76th
Really exciting thriller with much uncertainty to it, so that the audience never feels comfortable in their chairs.
Rated 01 Mar 2009
40
6th
This movie just leaves a really bad taste in your mouth.
Rated 14 Apr 2009
72
57th
Some pretty glaring plot holes, but the way it ended took a little bit of courage, so I suppose you have to give it some credit.
Rated 26 Jul 2009
70
59th
Tense.
Rated 31 Jul 2009
50
21st
At first, I thought this was good, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how preposterous the whole idea was. Kudos for fooling me the first time, though.
Rated 23 Sep 2009
77
24th
Not a suberb film but quite exciting with good actors. I want to highlight this specially since american movies touching terrorism subject very rarely have american -born terrorists, so this one is quite unique.
Rated 03 Dec 2009
65
27th
The ending to this movie still sticks with me.
Rated 26 Jan 2010
77
33rd
Effective politically thriller.
Rated 28 Mar 2010
4
45th
I've seen Tim Robbins play a terrorist one too many times. (see St. Elsewhere, Erik The Viking)
Rated 31 Mar 2010
63
21st
Great ending the rest was average.
Rated 10 Apr 2010
69
50th
Ending sucks, but the rest is generally good.
Rated 01 Sep 2010
75
61st
There are elements of suspense, which sometimes work and at other times deliver an implausable jolt back into the realisation that this is a hollywood movie that doesn't quite come off.

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