You leave feeling alive, if severely disturbed, rather than deadened by the unthinking horrors of the latest slasher films. full review
Beat by beat, Bug is gripping: It has that feverish compression of great theater, but director William Friedkin gets inside it, so it's never stagy.
A film of excruciating intensity, a psychodrama that infects the imagination.
This is a movie about the dangers of letting love rob you of your reason and cut you off from the world, and, bugs in the bloodstream or not, who hasn't been there? full review
Ashley Judd and Michael Shannon (who reprises his stage persona) never allow us to categorize the main characters as one-dimensional nut jobs but two emotionally fractured souls who retreat into paranoid delusion. full review
Bug won't get under your skin as much as it will assault you with its ghastly claustrophobic drama and over-the-top performances. full review
The cheesy soundtrack and the lacklustre acting undermine [director Friedkin's] efforts at turning an intelligent play into a scary movie. full review
Bug goes exactly where it needs to go -- to a place most filmmakers don't dare go -- and gets there brilliantly. full review
After nearly three decades of misfires, major and minor, William Friedkin, the creator of The French Connection, The Exorcist and Sorcerer, is back in true form with Bug. full review
Bug is a twisted, visceral film with an uncompromising sense of nihilism. full review
By the end, the actors look as if they've been beaten to a near pulp, and the audience may share some of that feeling.
Bug, a tale of love, desperation and conspiratorial madness, comes off on the big screen as a wacky psychological snow job. full review
There's nothing about Bug you'd call pleasant, but this dark, intense picture is the best and most vibrant movie Friedkin has directed in decades. full review
Bug's relentless unpleasantness, which [director] Friedkin bogs us down in instead of crystallizing it into what might have been a stylish head trip, can get to be a chore. full review
It's one helluva movie that makes Ashley Judd look ugly and demented, while turning Harry Connick Jr. into the most frightening screen thug since Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast. full review
Probably a very good play, but it doesn't make the transition to the big screen. full review
It is certain to have an impact on anyone who experiences it, even if it's not the movie they expected. It does not just get under your skin; it bores its way into your head. full review
Bug buzzes around in random menace for an hour until its third act, when -- zzzzzt! -- it flies straight into the zapper. full review