Daniel Fierman
October 29, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Arlington Road

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Spencer Treat Clark, Joan Cusack, Hope Davis
director
Mark Pellington
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an B

In this gleeful addition to the too-long-dormant ’70s paranoia genre (see The Parallax View et al.), suburban widower Michael Faraday (Bridges) begins to suspect nondescript neighbor Oliver Lang (Robbins) is a right-wing terrorist hell-bent on blowing up…something. As Lang’s creepy history unspools and Faraday’s obsession spirals into pathology, the film builds to a beautifully plotted — if totally preposterous — parlor trick of an ending. Reel Goodies (1:12) Lang’s unnerving wifey, Joan Cusack, scares the bejesus out of Hope Davis. The Last Detail After scripting Road, screenwriter Ehren Kruger was tapped to pen Scream 3. B+

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