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Paul Harris works at a small research facility on the outskirts of Boston. After a weekend tryst with a co-worker leaves him wanting more, his unreciprocated desires gradually mold into an acute infatuation. When Danielle takes interest in a new scientist at the laboratory, Paul’s suppressed resentments and perverse delusions finally become unhinged, triggering a horrific course of events that mercilessly engulf a tortured past and fugitive present.

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Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly - by Owen Gleiberman
    The movie is scattershot (intense at some moments, slack at others), but it earns its docu-style creepiness, and Karpovsky's stretch as an actor is daring and authentic. ...read more

  • 70
    Salon.com - by Andrew O'Hehir
    Rubberneck immediately put me in mind of the classic slow burn of vintage thrillers like Fritz Lang’s “M” and Michael Powell’s “Peeping Tom,” although Karpovsky and co-writer Garth Donovan have cited all kinds of other things, from “Michael Clayton” to “Caché” to “Fatal Attraction.” ...read more

  • 70
    Variety - by Ronnie Scheib
    Unlike Steven Soderbergh's twisty "Side Effects," Karpovsky's picture seldom surprises, its strengths lying in a leisurely journey toward a clearly predestined denouement. ...

  • 63
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    What’s good about Rubberneck is also what makes it tough to watch: Karpovsky burrows under the skin of this repressed romantic nebbish until the frame seems ready to burst. ...read more

  • 50
    The A.V. Club - by Scott Tobias
    The entire story hinges on a thinly calibrated twist ending that’s meant to provide emotional weight to Karpovsky’s actions, but instead clarifies them to the point of utter banality. There’s no mystery left to linger. ...

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    The film works better as an uncomfortable character drama than as a murky family mystery, which Karpovsky deepens with some psychobabble. Still, a nicely sinister and shuddersome effort. ...read more

  • 38
    Slant Magazine - by Jesse Cataldo
    The film takes on high-concept ideas that it can't sustain, and which only make its other problems more obvious. ...read more

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Liana Shimunova

    A disturbing and deceptively subtle psychological thriller …