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845 Ratings


Directed by William Friedkin
United States, 2006
Horror, Thriller, Drama


An unhinged war veteran holes up with a lonely woman in a spooky Oklahoma motel room. The line between reality and delusion is blurred as they discover a bug infestation.

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Bug Directed by William Friedkin

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  • J. O.'s rating of the film Bug

    It's easy to look past the too-quick-and-convenient aspect of the mutual descent into madness when you're wrapped up in the lunacy of the lead performances. Masterful direction of a dialogue-heavy script that manages to slip some pitch-black humour into an otherwise tense and pulsating story about both mental illness as well as desperation and loneliness. Beautifully effective small-scale filmmaking.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Bug

    What looked like a crappy horror movie turned out to be a great showcase for stunning performances (namely from Michael Shannon) and absolute madness. I was absolutely floored by the escalation, the ending and the post credits easter eggs. You can see this was a play, but the final act is beautifully and disturbingly cinematic. I really wish I didn't wait so long to see this.

  • Roscoe's rating of the film Bug

    Well made and acted certainly -- it follows its premise relentlessly to its conclusion, it doesn't sell out for an easy happy Spielbergian ending. Relentlessly unpleasant, it commands respect if not affection.

  • Mugino's rating of the film Bug

    Although thematically and visually interesting, the transition from the mundane to apocalyptic madness is too abrupt without sufficient context. "Bug" fast-forwards to the paranoia it wants to get to for its own sake and Agnes wilts too conveniently. Yes, she's vulnerable but how is it that her armour, built over a lifetime, dissolves without a fight? Can't fault Judd or Shannon though. The acting is stellar.

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Bug

    Uneven psychological horror film from legendary director William Friedkin gets off to an incredibly slow start - it takes a good 40 minutes to really get going. An original concept, strong performances, and some very effective moments - but it can only sustain its hysterical tone for so long before it starts getting tiresome and almost comic. An interesting film, but ultimately unsatisfying.

  • Jose Sarmiento Hinojosa's rating of the film Bug

    Hated Ashley Judd untill I saw her amazing performance in this great psychological horror film. Recommended.

  • Michael Zyx MH Claes's rating of the film Bug

    Scratch my back, I'll scratch yours! == Tennessee WILLIAMS in the Twilight Zone. BILDERBERG group, a bunch of lesbians, many clichés. SHANNON zero charisma. JUDD 100% mad. For lovers of conspiracies. === Tenessee WILLIAMS dans la 4ème dimension. Le groupe BILDERBERG, une lesbienne paumée, bcp de clichés. SHANNON zéro charisme. JUDD 100% barge. Pour amateurs de complots. === After Tracy LETTS's theater play. 2,5/5.

  • Charles Coleman's rating of the film Bug

    Starts out okay, somewhat decent premise but then everything goes downhill quickly not too long after Michael Shannon's character shows up (although a case could be made the movie takes a dive after all those damn phone rings). Unlikeable characters doing gross and weird stuff, def not for me. Beautiful camera work in places though.