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Ciarán Foy

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About the Movie

Tommy Cowley (Aneurin Barnard) lives a quiet life in a decaying apartment complex with his very pregnant wife. The couple is attacked one day by a group of hooded young thugs, and after a shocking act of violence, Tommy is left to raise his newborn daughter alone. So shaken by the events that he’s developed extreme agoraphobia, Tommy alternates his days hiding out from imagined threats in his new flat and intense therapy sessions aimed at bringing him back to normalcy. When the same hooded gang—seemingly intent on kidnapping his daughter— begins terrorizing his life again, he’s torn between his paralyzing fear and protective parental instinct. With the help of a vigilante priest who has uncovered the genesis of this ruthless, potentially supernatural gang, Tommy must overcome his fears and venture into the heart of the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel to save his family.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 40
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Has an atavistic pulse, evoking a decaying society where elevators fail and bus drivers cower behind mesh grills. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Nov 8, 2012

Fresh: Especially nerve-wracking for any parent who's ever doubted whether he or she could overcome immobilizing fear and spring into action to defend an endangered offspring. Foy exploits that cruel doubt with ruthless efficiency in this impressive debut. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Oct 17, 2012

Rotten: "Citadel" attempts to transform mundane anxieties into the stuff of a horror film. But the initial tension of the premise dissipates like a slow leak. – Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, Nov 15, 2012

Rotten: U.K.-set monster movie has few scares, plenty of noxious overtones. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 5, 2012

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Customer Reviews


This is one of those horror movies that is not really scary at all and just waste of time and money.. Very poor acting and effects and very poor plot..

Decent Movie.

On the whole, "Citadel" contained an interesting story and it was generally suspenseful and creepy.

The main character is struggling with extreme anxiety after a horrifying accident. However, his constant anxiety is so frustration and obnoxious that it gave me anxiety. It was annoying.

Apart from that, it was a decent horror film. The scary parts were sometimes intense but the scares actually seemed to take away from the intensity and scariness.

I don't know, I only saw it once and I was a hopeful but let down. Despite that, it was still enjoyable and I'd probably watch it again with others who haven't already seen it. It's worth the watch because its one of those that some people will like but you won't and visa versa. So, you won't know unless you watch it.


sorry but this film is slow, silly and highly overated

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  • $6.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2012

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