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In this psychological thriller, fear, paranoia, conspiracy theories, and claustrophobia link a deranged man and woman in a grungy motel room. This is the eerie screen version of Tracy Letts' play by the same title. Is there a conspiracy by the military and the U.S. government — or is it in their minds? Nothing is quite as it seems.

The screenplay adapted from Tracy Letts' 2004 off-Broadway success is a mind-bending nightmarish tale from director William Friedkin (The French Connection, The Exorcist).  In a southwestern town, residents seem to be making ends meet on a daily basis. Such people are Agnes (Ashley Judd) who lives in a shabby desert motel and tends bar in a local dive with her lesbian friend R.C. (Lynn Collins) and suffers from the loss of her son who disappeared suddenly years prior.  Agnes is living in fear of her abusive, recently paroled ex-husband Jerry (Harry Connick Jr). It doesn't help any that she has a cocaine habit, because the drug adds to her fear with paranoia.

One night at the watering hole where she works, R.C. introduces Agnes to an eccentric, nervous drifter named Peter (Michael Shannon). The strange and subdued Peter hangs out with Agnes one night claiming sex is not on his mind, but Agnes is lonely and a relationship between the two develops. The two characters pair off in offbeat and weird performances emphasizing desperation in their need for one another.

Soon after, Jerry the ex-husband shows up and friction is in the air. Harry Connick Jr. brings a sly and wormy presence to the screen in his character, which fortifies Ashley Judd's character's fear of him, but his part in the film seems to be limited.

Peter tells Agnes about a "bug" he contracted while in the military stationed in the Middle East and how it was deliberately planted in him. He convinces her that he carries the trait and perhaps it's a master plan that she's carrying the female bug that reproduces. All this seems to work well in the film, until military doctor Sweet (Brian F. O'Bryne) enters into the story and proclaims that Peter is a diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic. It also complicates the plot with new elements of secret military experiments as the meat of the story.

This forces the actors and the story to go south, because the tempo of the film becomes more of an obsession with rage, hysteria, and gore.  Unlike the off-Broadway play, where its success was built upon its emotional intensity, the film version tries to excite the audience with grotesque scenes and gory camera work. The question of what is real in this movie and what is in the minds of the characters can be interpreted by whoever sees the film. Nevertheless, the main actors give outstanding performances with a challenging script.

Directed by: William Friedkin
Running time: 102 mins.
Release date: May 25, 2007
Genre: Drama, Thriller and Adaptation
Distributor: Lionsgate
MPAA Rating: R

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  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    I’m looking forward to this, although I think the title is atrocious, sounds like a Sci-Fi Original.

  • CMB

    I’m 80 this year — and this film is one of the worst that I have ever seen.

  • Danielle

    This film is truly terrible. The audience was LAUGHING it was so absurd. The only redeeming part of the film was Harry Connick Jr’s bare chest!

  • http://khatina.clubmom.com K.

    This movie was a waste of 2 hours of my life. It sounded more like we were watching a comedy in the auditorium, due to all the laughing in scorn. I am not kidding when I state it is the worst movie I have ever seen. We wanted our money back. Simply awful.

  • JCraig

    This film tops the list as one of the worst films I have ever seen! Ashley Judd had no business starring in this film. I held this actress in such high regard until I saw this movie. With this genre being a first for her, I wish she would have read the script closely!!! PLEASE WHATEVER YOU DO DONT PAY TO SEE THIS MOVE…ACTUALLY IF SOMEONE PAYS FOR YOU…STILL DONT EVEN SEE IT! DONT BELIEVE WHAT THE PREVIEWS MAKE IT OUT TO BE!!!!

  • Hillary

    I wish I would have brought my Sudoku and nail file because it was a waste of 2 hours of my life that I could have been primping for.

  • Alex

    yep, this movie was rediculously stupid, a 10 year old could make a better movie then this peice of shit, last time i ever see a movie from these retard directors

  • ben

    save your money!! viewer beware this is a scam!! MOVIE SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! should not be shown at all!!!! SUCKS HORRIBLE NOT SCARY BAD!!!!!!!

  • Shane Tucker

    Total waste of time, money, and waste of paper to print the movie ticket. This is by far the worst movie I’ve ever seen. I thought it was a scary movie from what the previews made of it. The only good part about the movie was when it ended. I was so dissapointed. The theater was packed because the previews made it sound so good. When the movie ended everyone was yelling and talking about how dissapointed they were. Many people were like “what” is that it. I had wondered if I was watching the show I’d paid for. Don’t waste you money on this one. Easily one of the top five worst movies of all time. Ashley Judd should be ashamed of her self.

  • Kassie Tucker

    This movie (if you can call it that) was over rated. I saw the previews and thought that it would at least be a thriller, however Bug was just that….It bugged me that my husband spent the money for us to see it. It bugged me that we wasted the time to watch it. Most of all it bugged me that the director who directed The Excorsist obviously forgot how to make a scary movie. For what its worth, don’t waste the time to watch this movie… don’t even spend the $4 to rent it when it comes out on DVD. By far the WORST movie ever made!!! I give this one a big fat F-!

  • John

    OPEN YOUR MINDS! ‘Bug’ was brilliant. If you think its stupid you don’t get it.

  • trev

    haha… losers!! my friend and i left in the middle of the movie!! j/k :P but for real… it’s too disgusting, i was so freaking scared for the first 15min and nothing happened… all i can say is, i rather do my homework instead of watching this movie .

  • Drew

    Me and two other friends saw this movie last night. I only have three words to describe it, WORST MOVIE EVER!!! The directing of this movie was just plain terrible. Nobody in the audience took this movie seriously, including my friends and I. Instead of screaming people were cracking up laughing! After the movie everyone was BOOing it and yelling “I WANT MY MONEY BACK”… that was actaully ME! This movie SUCKS, DONT SEE IT IN THE MOVIES OR WHEN IT COMES OUT ON DVD!!

  • Tony Nash

    I have never been so embarrased for an actor in my life. The previews and radio spots made me want to see this so bad. The Director of the Exorcist…..how can you go wrong?????

    This movie sucked out loud…..DO NOT SEE THIS!!!!

  • greg

    yeah im going to go drink 2nite and im telling my parents im going to see this so ill say it was terrible too, thanks for comments. this movie sucks! even tho i didnt see it, still sux

  • jordan

    i like this movie. true it wasn’t what the preview made it out to be, but the movie was still actually good. i wish there would of been more killing and more people getting “infected” but there wasnt, which lost a few points with me… i like the fact that a seemingly helpless man came in and totally brainwashed a woman into believing these “bug”s were infesting the house… that was the genius!

  • Bernys

    I saw this movie yesterday and I must agree that it has to be one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The movie had no ‘BUGS’ whatsoever & it had no type of concept. I didn’t quite understand half of what they were talking about. About 3 crowds of people left in the middle of the movie and during the movie so many people were just laughing because it was so stupid. While we left the theater a lady that worked at the theater told us that it’s like the 5th person to tell her that it was bad. Thank God we had movie passes to get us in for free cuz I would’ve been soooo upset if I really had to pay for it. Everyone that did pay let them know that they wanted their money back.

  • GH007

    I HAVE NEVER BEEN IN A THEATER WHERE THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE BOOED AFTER A FILM… IT WAS A DISGRACE. DON’T EVEN THINK OF WASTING YOUR TIME AND MONEY!

  • amy

    i just got out of this movie and had to search for reviews because it was so awful and i had to see how funny these reviews would be. when the movie ended EVERYONE in the theated began talking to eachother and laughing about how it was the worst movie ever. i basically laughed through every scene that was supposed to be scary. DO NOT SEE THIS MOVIE.

  • http://www.moviesteve.blogspot.com Steve C.

    So this is what happens when you let teeny-boppers and the ADD-addled run your marketplace — a challenging, fierce work of art gets dismissed as laughable trash while the nonsensical three-hour pirate thing scores in the nine figures. Now I know why I’m so prematurely cranky.

  • http:// VLAD

    DO SEE THIS MOVIE. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO SEE IT. STOP THINKING “Good” or “Bad” while you are watching it. SEE IT. You waste your 2 hours for MUCH MORE UNWORTHY and just pure stupid and no-value things. SPend these 2 hours for watching BUG, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
    At the end, just ask yourself a question:
    what sounded SO familiar in the movie? Or about me? Or about my neighbor John that still goes under family name Dow?..

    The answer that will come or eventually catch up with you WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.
    At least something you may never be able to forget all your life.

    This movie is NOT for shallow-minded all-framed/all-programmed rigid-thinking folks, that’s for sure.

    jUST watch and when you come out of the movie theater do not ask yourself for a while ‘was the movie good or bad?’ It is good, and you know that, in terms of ACTORS PLAY AND OPERATORS WORK ETC. You know that. IT IS THE CONTENTS THAT MAKE YOU IRRITABLE AND ANGRY BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT UNDERSTOOD WHAT IS ABOUT.

    And it CAN be understood. Just slightly modify the CAGE in which your thoughts are framed, and you will be ASTONISHED !!!
    This is the movie about the entire human civilization, about where from and where to we are going. And the prospect is not necessarity grim.

    Vlad

  • ron

    A unbelievable piece of garbage. Fortunately we left the theater 45 minutes into it and walked into a different movie. I absolutely agree with the majority of people out there. This movie could not entertain even someone on crack! My friends were nudging me to leave 15 minutes into it…..but I tried to give the film a chance. This film should never be released to DVD if the studio has any intelligence. The studio should take there 4 million they already made and count their blessings they made that much off this incredibly BORING FILM!

  • james

    If you are a Paranoid Psycho you will no doubt love and embrace this movie.

    For all the rest of us down to Earth people, this movie will make you long for movies which attempt to challenge your mind while entertaining you. Sadly, this movie does neither.

    I painfully sat thru this film wishing I had a prior appointment with my dentist which would have spared me the pain. It also had me thinking maybe someone on drugs might find this entertaining, and maybe not.

    It is truely painful to sit thru the scene where charaters actually argue over a bugs name and size! Does it make that much of a difference…..But a sign that this film had to fill in huge gaps of story that was not there.

    For the majority of people who enjoy thoughtful movies….This movie will disappoint you.

    For anyone searching for a new thriller…..well…..look elsewhere.

    For those who search for mindless BLAH, BLAH, BLAH, and characters you quickly find uninteresting, this film is for you.

    This film is easily a “is it over yet” movie.

  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    Wow! Lots of hate for the movie!
    I loved it.
    You can see my review right here on BC as well.

  • shaki

    For all those people who say “this movie is really good you just have to understand it” understand my **** this movie was a piece of shit..ashley judd dissapointed me..there is no point in this movie i have rather watched SHREK 2…damn!! DO NOT PAY FOR THIS MOVIE..DO NOT PAY FOR THE DVD RENTAL EITHER..JUST WAIT TIL IT COMES OUT ON REGULAR TV

  • jonny

    So, I saw this movie last night, and I have to say that I rank it right up there with Dune, and Glitter. I understand its intent was to be “deep,” and the acting was impecable, but this was neither a thinker, or a thriller. It failed at every turn. I am a thinking mans movie goer, and the only reason that she and I didn’t walk out, was because we wanted to see how it ended. The answer to our question; poorly.
    If you are looking for a good scary horror flick, rent The Exorcism of Emily Rose. If you are looking for a thinker rent any other movie.
    This movie blew, mostly because of false advertising.

  • http://dbzkingdom.mihopa.be John

    Worst movie , me and my friends watched it and we were pissed we wasted money on it.

  • Bob

    I agree with those that thought the movie was awful. My wife insisted we leave with about 15 minutes to go. I am curious how it ended. Bad as it was, I spend almost 20 bucks to get in, so knowing the end would make me feel better. Ashley, I wanted more than a big nipple!

  • http://www.moviesteve.blogspot.com Steve C.

    This movie blew, mostly because of false advertising.

    That right there is enough to nullify any sort of critical statement, since the whole point is to judge the film YOU FUCKING SAW, not the one you were hope to get. However, there’s also this:

    If you are looking for a good scary horror flick, rent The Exorcism of Emily Rose. If you are looking for a thinker rent any other movie.

    No, no, no… Emily Rose is for when you want to be led around by the dick by a neo-con paean to faith over thought. Thanks for playing, though. You get a copy of the home game!

  • http://www.moviesteve.blogspot.com Steve C.

    Oops — that’s “hoping to get,” not “hope to get.” See, this is what happens when you post in irritance…

  • jazz

    ok i’m sorry but i’ve been reading ur above post and of course the 4 post that encouraged you to watch BUG intrigued me the most. I have been reading all this nonsence about how BUG represents something about America and the problems of our social integrity. However, this movie is about a crazy schitophrenic ( i dont know how to spell that and i dont feel like looking it up, its too late) and a lonely, weak pathetic woman who are crazy. Don’t get me wrong i often like movies about crazies but this one doesn’t go anywhere. It bring in a “doctor” who starts sharing secrets who then smokes a crack pipe and all his vallidity is then discredited. Not one story is finished the entire film and every point that you think the storyline is trying to prove is never proven. People who say this move is about ANYTHING at all were watching with the intension of MAKING this movie be about something. It was about a crazy man who drove a weak and lonely woman crazy too. So what? Also, once Ashley Judd was completely crazy the movie still had about 45 min to go just watching too nutcases talk about bugs that dont exist. The premise was good ( completely false advertised) but good, it just didn’t go anywhere. Stop trying to create a great psychological thriller out of movie with no direction or follow-through!!!!!

  • Antone

    This movie was the most horrible movie I have ever seen in my entire life. I wanted to leave in the middle of the movie, but, my girlfriend wanted to give the movie a chance. Well, we suffered through the whole thing and when it was over and everyone else in the theater was laughing and wondering what just happened, we demanded a refund. We didn’t get our refund, but, we did get tickets for any other movie that we would like to see in the future. DO NOT waste your time or money on this absolutely stupid movie! Oh, the only good thing about the movie was the nudity. Why Ashley? We have lost respect for you!

  • MOMMABEAR

    This was truely the worst movie ever. I knew this movies was going to be good having such as great actress as Ms Judd. How wrong I was. I wanted to leave the movie after the first 30 min but like others have commented, I wanted to give it a chance. I can say I was the fool because I totally wastes my money and time. Not to mention I treated 3 others to the movie. I agree the advertisement for the movie is misleading.
    DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY. BUY A LOTTERY TICKET INSTEAD. YOU MIGHT GET SOMEHTING OUT OF IT.

  • http://MLB mel

    This Movie Sucked!!!!

  • Danny

    this was a very good movie. those who did not like it must not have known what is is really about…the crack pipe and paranoia….think.

  • Chris

    Two words….SIMPLY AWFUL!

  • Byron

    I think everyone should see it…

    its like one of those movies that are so bad that everyone must experience it. i enjoyed laughing at the bad acting and the terrible directing and the ridiculousness of the dialoge….see it…

    just like staring at a car crash. so good.

    everyone must see the worst movie ever made

  • JayAre

    I cut School just to go see this movie….this movie is so stupid is not even funny…bunch of retards, and who ever thinks this movie was good, i think your like that crazy guy, you and him belong together…like i was saying, i should of never cut classes and take my girl to see this waste of 22 dollars. rather stay in school and do 10 essays than this…for the director, i think you have lost your mind.. movie dont even take place out but inside that stupid little room.

  • t.c.

    Who ordered the pizza?????

  • http://none Kris

    “I AM THE SUPER MOTHER BUG!”

    Best quote from the movie!

    I laughed… I cried…

  • http://myspace.com/rejektd Nicci

    This movie was by far the worst I ever saw. There was about 20 people in the theater and we spent the entire time laughing histerically cause you just couldn’t take it seriously. It did have really funny one liners but it definately was not the movie that the previews made it out to be. Completely disappointed.

  • christy

    The Acting was great really great….To bad the rest of the movie sucked …and what was up with the ending?..simply horrible..i wouldn’t rent it or tell some one to watch it…but i think Ashley jud is still wonderful and i would hope to see her in a better role ..and she really nailed her part good …But I stand firm the movie sucked.

  • Secret & Del

    This movie was so boring that I ate all of my food and then went to sleep. I started looking at my Uncle just staring then I went back to sleep. I woke and then the movie was over I swear it was the shortest hour and ten minutes in my life waste of my lifetime please don’t ever go see

  • brandon

    THIS MOVIE SUCKED ONE WHAT WAS IM THE SUPER MAMA BUG AND ALSO I WAS LOST FOR THE LAST HOUR OF THE MOVIE LIKE THEM SAYING THEY STICK CHIPS IN OUR BRAINS BUT I CUT MY OUT AND ALSO THAT CONSPERICY WITH HER FRIEND GIVING THEM THE BUGS AND THE HUSBAND KIDNAPPING HER SON AND DOING EXSPERIMENTS ON HIM AND WHO THE HELL ORDERED THE PIZZA AND ALSON WHEN THE HELICOPTER CAME AND IT WAS AN EARTHQUAKE THEN ENDING WITH THEM STRIPING AND LETTING THEM SELVES ON FIRE THEN RIGHT AFTER THAT IT WENT BLACK AND YOU HEARD FIRE THEN DIRECTED BY SO AND SO AND ALSO WHAT WAS WITH THE CLIPS ON THE CREDITS ONE WAS YOU SAW A TOY GO BING BING AND BACK TO CREDITS THEN AFTER THE CREDITS THERE WAS A DOCTOR LAYING ON FOIL THEN BLACK THE END RIGHT AFTER THAT ALL YOU COULD HERE WAS WHAT THE **** THE SCARY PART IN THIS MOVIE WAS PAYING $21.00 AHHHH.

  • CAMERON

    I THOUGHT BUG WAS GREAT EVEN IF YOU DIDN’T SEE BUGS THERE WERE DAM BUGS AND THE MOVIE WAS GREAT LIKE VANCENCY AND PSYCHO I THOUGHT THE CREDIT CLIPS WERE RETARDED AND I REMEMBER THEM BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE WHO EVER DID NOT LIKE THIS mOVIE **** YOU I GIVE IT 5 STARS

  • BRANDON

    I FORGOT YOU NEVER SAW A FRICKEN BUG FOR THIS WHOLE MOVIE SO WHY IS IT CALLED BUG AGAIN EXCEPT THAT IT BUGGED ME THAT I PAYED FOR IT

  • Steve S

    This movie was truly horrible. As a normal red-blooded American male, I would normally pay extra to see Ashley Judd in multiple sex scenes and full nudity (one scene at the end). In this movie, she even kisses a girl – bonus! However, this movie was soooo bad that even Ashley in the nude could not rescue it. This movie easily claims the title of WORST MOVIE EVER! It was so bad that I asked the theater manager for my money back. He had seen the movie (only because he has to screen all movies the theater shows), and he gladly refunded my money. He said he completely understood and apologized for ruining my evening.

  • Kelley & Sarah

    ok so we just got out of this movie about twenty minutes ago… all we can say is… actually, we can’t say anything. we’re so dumbfounded that we paid money to see this, that we can’t even talk. THIS IS THE WORST MOVIE WE HAVE EVER SEEN. please save yourself the eight dollars or whatever it is to buy a movie ticket and save the other twenty that you would waste on food at the movie theatre. it’s the most bizarre thing ever. it made no sense, and there were only six people in our movie theatre when we saw it. everyone was laughing hysterically. one guy just got up and left during the middle of the movie. then we were down to five. thats two hours of your life that you can never ever get back. do something better with your life ; don’t see BUG!!

  • paul p

    the worst movie ever to hit the big screen,EVER.I asked the managment for a refund because the movie stunk just to see what they would say and he gave me my money back right away and even apologized.I think that tells you how bad this movie or what ever I was watching really was.I wished I read these reviews before I WASTED MY TIME.this movie wasnt even worth going to for free.

  • Melissa

    If you would have stopped to actually THINK about the movie, and what it meant, perhaps you would have enjoyed it more.

    The movie was quite simply a great example of extreme loneliness and paranoia.

    It was a cerebral film…perhaps most people who hated it should have went to Pirates of the Carribean or Knocked Up or something. This is one of those movies like Vanilla Sky that actually took a little thinking to fully enjoy.

    And I did.

  • PATRICK

    i SAW THE MOVIE YESTERDAY AND I WAS ASTONISHED AT HOW BAD THE MOVIE WAS. THE REASON IT WAS SO BAD WAS THAT IT HAD NO PLOT ALSO IT HAD ONE SETTING AND THAT WAS A MOTEL NOTHING ELSE. IF YOUR PLANNING TO SEE THIS MOVIE DON’T SAVE YOUR MONEY OR GO SEE SOMETHING ELSE.

  • Carlo

    did they put extra cheese on the pizza???/

  • duda713

    I was about to go see this movie but after reading the many reviews about how much this movie sucked I am now going to see “Mr. Brooks.” Thank you all for your input and saving me the frustration of watching a stupid movie.

  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    snicker….

  • Bugged Out

    I am a highly educated film critic and I laughed as I watched this filth. Everyone in the audience was laughing… (All five of us) Anyone who liked this movie must have been sniffing the same bug-infested crack that the characters were.

    This was a major disappointment.

    Did they honestly think that it was okay to make a movie like this? All they did was smoke crack, and get naked… what was the director doing, smoking crack too???

    Sincerely Concerned.

  • Wing Lee

    Ha, is this a joke! If notwhy did they make this movie??? The feel-good, most”terrible movie of this YEAR. If they knew it was gonna bad why bother??? A dog could’ve made a better movie. And then why blow up the house, and then in the middle of the credits show Loydd’s clothes( there son)??? I mean the makers of the exorsist??? Did they really make this? If so what the hey were they thinking??? Did you get so old you’ve forgotten what scarry was??? Unless you really like to see crazy people get naked this is your movie….

    DO NOT WAIST YOUR TIME TO GO SEE THE MOVIE BUG…

    they just make the movie sound good through the previews, but The actual movie is HORRIBLY…HORRIBLE!!!

  • http://draven99.blogspot.com Chris Beaumont

    Mr Highly educated film critic, do you have a link to your reviews? I am curious to reead them.

  • briliant

    best film ever saw

  • Ticked off in OKC

    Why? Why do people walking the Earth and breathing the same air I breathe recommend this movie? Why is this movie still in theatres? How? How did this waste of my time get funding? How can I explain to myself the reason I just wasted a wonderfully sunny afternoon watching the worst movie ever made? Ashley and Harry–what in the hell were you thinking? I actually feel like watching Howard the Duck.

  • Justin

    YOUR ALL CRAZY!!! the best part of the movie was when the “doctor” asked if he could smoke the chicks crack pipe lmao…hey im adoctor and work for the goverment…can i have some crack?

  • REF U G

    HAAA.. I TOOK A GIRL OUT TO SEE THIS MOVIE N MAN I WAS SO EMBARRASSED… THIS MOVIE SUCKS!!!

  • Jakobi

    This movie blew! Im pretty sure that the guy who made the trailer had no idea what the movie was about. Absolutely the WORST movie i have ever seen

  • Dscaf

    Horrible film … local theatre was considering refunds after customer complaints.

  • Michael

    The only movies I make a point to see are scary/thriller movies. This movie absolutely IS a waste of time, and whichever few of you are saying it was brilliant need to be shot for trying to make other people see it!

  • Sadie

    k well, i laughed through the entire thing. It was so retarded. I dont know what the worst movie in history was, but this one probably comes very close to being it.

  • Tiffany

    THIS MOVIE WAS SO RETARDED no point or anything and the whole thing took place in a motel room….i wanted my money back poor ashley judd her carrer looks pretty much OVER!!!

  • Random

    3 words for this piece of melted shit… HOLY FUCKING SHIT.

  • Renee

    I just saw this movie last night and it really sucked.. i agree with mostly all of you do not waste your money or time in watchin this piece of crap movie..the funny part i kept watching it hoping it would get better.. NOPE!! it got worse and worse!!

  • Brian

    You people are absolutely and completely retarded.

    “I watched this movie and there was not ONE bug in it..it sucked.”

    Are you KIDDING ME? Is the American film audience really that stupid that the TITLE of the film has to match the content??

    IT’S ABOUT LOVE PEOPLE. THAT’S WHAT THIS MOVIE IS ABOUT. THE LOVE BUG….LOVE MAKES YOU CRAZY AND CAN PUSH YOU TO DO STUPID SHIT. HELLO???!!!

    God…I need an aspirin. This is quite possibly one of the best films ever made. This is the kinda film that seperates the mindless PEONS like most of you from the real movie buffs.

    Class Dismissed.

  • Brian

    Nah I gotta say some more here.

    Most of you people are the kinda folks that think “Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” or “The Pirates of the Carribbean” are crowning achievements in American Cinema.

    If it’s not loud, pretty colored, and flashy within the first 10 minutes of the opening scene you’re pretty much done with the movie.

    These were two LONELY, PSYCHOTIC people. They were both driven to madness by horrible pasts…and they were driven over the edge of madness by falling in love with each other. This is what would happen if two people with paranoid delusions caught “THE LOVE BUG” and went buck ass nutty with each other. My God…are any of you sheep out there awake yet???

  • Tim

    Fantastic Movie !! I loved everything about it except it was a little slow paced. Were there bugs, weren’t there bugs … what’s with the chopper and the crack smoking doc … if you’ve ever had a bug infestation before, you’ll understand how this dude feels … a great look into a schizophrenic mind, and how the willing can also submit to anothers concept of reality.

  • John

    This movie sucked.

  • Jay

    Well lets see, this movie is GREAT, hold on hold on let me hit my crack pipe…

    ah thats better

    After seeing this movie i started smoking crack that, another mind lost after watching such pointless shit. And for those who say open your mind. I say ITS A FUCKING MOVIE. If I wanted to see a movie that opens my mind I would watch George W. Bush give a speech…

    Now back to my crack pipe.. Damn i guess i can get the KING BUG NOW!!!

  • Jim

    I gotta agree with the consensus here, absolutely aweful. If it wasn’t for brief nudity by Judd I woulda been passed out within the first 10 minutes. The plot was excruciatingly slow to develop and then went way overboard at the end. I’d rather watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show, for the 76th time.

  • Richard

    Warning, some spoilers!!

    Don’t buy, rent, watch on-line, waste your time, waste your money on anything that has to do with this movie, and if your friend says “lets rent it” you better tell somebody! This movie is total garbage! The trailer is cool, but the narrator is talking in a point of view of a schitsophrinic himself. I own over 400 dvds and most of them are horror, thrillers, or comedy, and each one has some scrap of value in it, but this movie is totally uncalled for.

    The most interesting thing in the movie is the pizza scene. At this point I was trying to find some redeeming value for the movie my friend had rented and let me borrow. I had also considered stopping the movie about 3 times so far, but like some people stated I didn’t want to give up on the movie. I thought the girls ex who had stormed in with that doctor was posing as a pizza guy to kick that crazy guys ass when he opened the door.. but sadly no, I guess he fell through the plot hole when the door closed. Apparently, as luck would have it, after close inspection of the pizza under a microscope that was side lit by a lighter it just had too much MSG to eat! LMAO “keep the change ya filthy animal!” One of my friends said the movie was worth watching, now I want to kick his butt the next time I see him. Total waste of my life. If you like this movie you should try watching “It’s Pat!” the movie, thats also a psychological thriller because you never find out in the end if Pats a guy or a girl, sort of like you never find out if there are any Brain Bug Beasts in this pile of crap!

  • Bugbastard

    Who are the sick sonofabitchs that gave this a good review on the cover? What kind of a sicko sense of humour is that? This was without a doubt the worst movie I have ever seen, and the kids at blockbuster video must have been smoking that crackpipe along with Ashley Judd when they gave it a top 10 movie pick. Blockbuster bastards…

  • http://edy2889 edy

    well this movie was pretty bad but and it has nothing to do with our government i mean think how many movies heve been made regarding this concept that our government has this and that and that it did this or that well no one can can prove anything because no one knows anything and half of all these little stories are either made up or myths. Now the movie was bad i agree but dont take it out onn the actors i mean if you think about it is another movie they got paid for . And i also saw this one comment that the guy or kid that wrote this said that the acting was terrible and the directors too, you yourself do not know a thing about acting and or dericting in a movie, so please those who have no experience in acting or directing please just keep your comments to your selfs.

  • Donna

    While this movie was not what I expected, it was a very well made, well acted movie. The intense dispair was palpable as these two tragic figures descend into madness together. An unnerving, unsettling film about human fraility and the sheer depth of the darkness to which we can succumb when reality fades into delusion.

  • LMFAO

    You have gotta be shitting me. I tried to get into the movie, my girlfriend tells me she heard it’s scary as hell and the best movie of 2007. After I watched it i’m like what the fuck? The first 15 minutes I’m just waiting for the dude calling and not saying anything to bust in but it never happens. But the ending I did like, that was some fucked up stuff! It wasn’t terrible terrible, but it was far from great. If I had to give it a letter grade I’d give it a D+.

  • duane

    Here we the see in the comments the devastation wreaked upon the attention spans of the young by MTV. Expecting to see a bunch of bugs crawling out of people’s mouths, they were disappointed. Expecting to see someone killing bugs with a flamethrower, they were disappointed. Expecting to see a Jeff Goldblum “The Fly” transformation, they were disappointed.

    No car chases. No pop music in the soundtrack. No slapstick comedy. No happy ending. It was just about these two nutty people stuck in a motel room covered in aluminum foil. Yawwwnnnn. Gee, I can’t wait for the next American Pie.

  • http://www.ledwatchstop.com ledwatchstop

    Hmmm..lots of mixed reviews..but most people seem to hate and scorn this movie. While watching it I found myself riveted and drawn into the depth of paranoia and fear portrayed by the lead characters. I found the movie to be a facinating trek into the world or schizophrenic delusion. Who said it was poorly acted? Are you kidding me?…..the frenetic intensity nearly crackled off the screen and I found myself sitting up and leaning forward and saying “holy shit!”. I will admit..this movie is not for the shallow demographic of the ipod generation that want silly tickles and grins. No pirates or superheroes here.

    OK ok..there are a couple questions left unanswered…like.. Who ordered the pizza?….and what the hell is a military doctor doing taking hits off a crack pipe?

    I found myself thinking…if I was in a room with crazy folks that claimed to have a bug infestation ..then I would be sure fire to get the fuck out as quick as my feet would take me.

    And..why was the doctor so calm when a the point of a huge knife was at his throat? Obviously Peter was completely off the grid in terms of insanity. I knew the doc was going to get shanked…so what a yutz he was for not perceiving his impending gory doom.

    Anyways…..a lot of loose ends but the movie still left me with a deep sense of unease. Obviously it had a strong effect on others..and that is why so many have left such hot or cold reviews. I don’t think this movie sucked. I felt it was brilliant in an esoteric way that will only appeal to a certain few who like to take a mind bending journey and have thier nerves tormented by physchological fingers on a chalkboard. If you want luke warm enterntainment..then this movie is not for you.

  • Chris D

    Maybe Peter didn’t even exist and was just a figment of Agnes imagination.

  • Allie R

    This was with out a doubt the worse movie I have even seen! It was such a waste of time! I would have rather watched the news then sit through such a pointless, insane, creepy movie. I am so mad at the girl at blockbuster for recommending this retarded movie to me!! It would have been one thing if I just picked it out my self but I didn’t. I asked this girl that worked there what she thought of this movie, and she went on and on for five minutes about how good. She has got to be the dumbest person for enjoying such a horrendous movie like this one. I wanted to turn it off but the girl said that the ending will totally surprise you and it ends so different then you expected, so I just sat through the whole thing. Only to see the worse ending possible to the worse movie ever made. I am taking the movie back and demanding my money BACK!! Im glad to see that other people didn’t like it either!!!

  • Banca

    I am the mother bug!!!!!!!

  • Vance Lee

    This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. It would take too long to criticize .Don’t even waste rental movie type money to this foolishness.This movie is pointless.

  • Chris Maley

    i was on the floor laughing the entire movie..everything u look for in a bad movie was in this movie, ni doubt…i double dog dare u to c it

  • Queen Arma

    Ok, so apparently alot of people need their movie plots on a platter, with clear and precise direction into what is going to happen next with no need to use their brain…… … kind of sad….

    This movie was fantastic! A great twisted story of two very damaged individuals who meet and feed each other’s sickness, leading to the eventual destruction of both.

    If you can think outside the box, and can invest yourself into a great psychological thriller this is for you.

  • April

    I love Ashley Judd which is the main reason I watched this, and I give it to her for phenominal acting on a challenging script…though I kept wondering how she wasn’t bursting into laughter at herself or how she was able to keep a straight face while reading her lines. She is so much more worthy than this script. I watched the whole thing saying it just had to get better…but I think it got worse!

    My fav part? “I AM THE QUEEN MOTHER BUG!!” she says repeatedly at the end. Come on everyone…say that 5 times fast and loud and see how ridiculous you feel regardless of the mental plot!

  • Yuvaraj.N

    This is a good example of making a movie with good actors n director and screwing up to the fullest. I bet everyone would curse the director or all the names that they show at the end of the movie.
    Though watched this movie on DVD, I screwed up my Sunday. Wish I’d read this review before watching the movie :-(

  • http://www.myspace.com/apollospade Paul Spade

    Doctor smoking crack made NO sense;
    I knew something was strange about how she stared at those onions then the cart in the grociery store…a strange light that paralleled the fan propellers over her bed…it wasnt til after they fucked and woke up finding the ‘bug’ that it was obvious the film was about LOVE …nothing else…

    Classic portrayal of two damaged lives merging into blissful suicide..similar to Romeo n Juliet…he was fucked over in the army..she was abused..lost child…went dyke..got confused..smoked crack….

    A hobo / drifter’s take on Shakespeare…clearly…

    Note: The image of the childs clothes / dead body in the end credits was to show the ‘motives’ for insanity each character succumbed to..this is why Ashley stared at the onions the way she did in the supermarket…and why she said “nevermind” rite when the Doctor said “do you even wanna know why he was trated?” …the plot was SUPPOSED to have an apparent hole..thats the PLOT itself…..LOVE between the aforementioned desparate two….everything else in the film served as mitochondrial modus operandi…ornaments of a giftless tree…film gets a B-

  • Liz

    Don’t even waste your time watching—AWFUL

  • Sam Zein

    Worst Movie I have ever watched! AHhhh!

  • lisa john

    THE WROST MOVIE EVER,WHAT A WASTE OF TIME.

  • JD

    Whomever gives a good review to BUG is just as screwed up as the main characters… I’d much rather see ashley judds fat ass naked for two hours then watch this movie again.

  • Amy

    OMG. Just watched this movie, rented it out, and as the vast majority of people who are slating this movie, i completeley agree.
    I cannot believe how boring and pointless it is.
    This movie is truthfully the worst i have ever seen. Anyone still going to watch this movie,even after reading these reviews; sit back, relax, and you’ll be asleep within an hour! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Supertrek89

    It was funny? *cries*. My family’s entire movie night was ruined because of this suck fest! Don’t even watch it when it comes out on TV, you’ll just wind up wanting to take a sledgehammer to it.

  • lilmama

    Ok I know I’m 2 yrs late with this comment but….. This is the worst movie ever made!! And for those of you who thought it was brillant and a great movie I have one question for you. Were you smoking crack along with the characters?

    First of all the trailer was deceiving as hell. I thought I was going to see some scary infections going on. NOT! How could anyone say this movie was good. It was boring, I kept waiting for something to happen to make it interesting and good. NOT! And can someone tell me how can a perfectly sane person be convinced of shit that doesn’t exist? Seriously!!!!! I know crack is powerful but damn!!!!

    This was the worst movie of all time. I have never seen Glitter but it can’t be worse then this movie, it just can’t be. A total waste of money, time, and film!!!!!!!!!!

  • Affended moviewatcher

    I understood 16 percent of this movie and 12 percent of that is only because i speak the english language. i am very much dumber all around from having watched this. and living with the regret of watching the movie all the way through, hoping for an answer to an answerless question will always haunt me. If you can, save yourself the frustration and torment of watching this film please do. I’d rather watch Barnie, B-Bop, and PJ marathons than watch this film again or even acknowledge the fact in my own mind that i watched it.

  • Todd Finley

    The helicopter shot at the start of the movie was my favorite thing. That, and the 2 leads completely commit. Finally, I liked the idea of the horror/paranoid genre being contextualized in such an overlooked (by Hollywood) sub-class.. This is not a great film, but it is also not loathsome, either.