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.









Movie Reviews:
  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter - by John DeFore
    A character-driven take on true-crime fare, Alex Karpovsky's Rubberneck marks a solid dramatic turn for a filmmaker best known for playing comedic parts in indie films like "Tiny Furniture." more

  • 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. more

  • 70 - 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.” 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. more

  • 55
    NPR - by Ian Buckwalter
    The thriller elements of the plot — which Karpovsky delivers quite ably, with an electric tension that carries through much of the film — aren't really balanced by the personal revelations on which Karpovsky eventually hangs Paul's problems. Both the mystery and the character piece wind up feeling incomplete. more

  • 50
    The Playlist - by Drew Taylor
    Rubberneck is a thriller too drab and self-obsessed to ever be truly thrilling. 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. more

  • 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. more

  • 30
    The New York Times - by Rachel Saltz
    It’s dragged down by non-scene after non-scene, and filmmaking choices that don’t earn their keep. ...

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User Comments & Reviews

  1. Luctian

    Slow going and doesn’t live up to the description. Ok for a one time watch but you’re better off finding something else to watch.

  2. matsite

    Boring as hell, don’t waste your time 1/5

  3. g8tkeeper2

    yep, very boring.