Crisp handling, some clever twists and a welcome streak of dry humor hold attention throughout this indie Brit thriller...
—Dennis Harvey Variety
...a clever little contraption, even though it runs into the problem that a lot of twist-heavy suspense movies have: Once it?s spooned out all its surprises about two-thirds of the way through, it loses a lot of its entertainment value.
—Noel Murray Onion AV Club
The intentionally claustrophobic drama that unspools from there is well acted and sufficiently tense, but the plot twists and shifting alliances feel a little too polished; they play like the writer?s conceits they are, right up to the inevitable reversal-of-fortunes ending.
—Mike Hale New York Times
...essentially a hard-boiled melodrama with high-toned pretensions.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
... has enough of the crudely exploitative to make it feel like a decisively unwholesome entertainment.
—Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine
Blakeson's feature-length calling card has storyboarded austerity and sadomasochistic promise but in the end lets the game play out in a familiar flurry of double-crossings, two-timings, and false deaths, content to only fetishize itself.
—Eric Hynes Village Voice
...Blakeson keeps the suspense level high for the first hour or so, but he then indulges in a few plot twists that strain credibility.
—V. A. Musetto New York Post
...a glum British kidnap movie in which writer-director J Blakeson manages to generate tension and some suspense, never rises above the mechanical and contrived, finally lapsing into the improbable.
—Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times
A brutally montonous thriller...
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly