"This is a movie worth seeing, and listening to its unpredictable insights."
— Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Novak, who also wrote and directed, makes a bracing, confident debut with this smart and witty neo-noir thriller."
— Chris Hewitt, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Vengeance is a refreshing, self-aware take on a man who sets out to define a societal problem and is met with evolving redefinition."
— John Fink, The Film Stage
"Vengeance manages to balance its self-effacing and sentimental tones in a way that is extremely satisfying and entertaining to watch."
— Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm
"Novak crafts a good mystery, consistently engaging and entertaining, and the thoughtful turns of the last confrontation are sly, smart, and knowing."
— Jason Bailey, The Playlist
"It’s a detective story. It’s an insightful commentary on the state of us, which is to say us, the U.S., in this divided, disjointed, distracted age. It’s a comedy, sharp and frequently hilarious."
— Soren Andersen, Seattle Times
"Vengeance” asks a lot of complex questions: Is vigilante justice ever justified? Is true crime inherently exploitive? In the long run, do we really exist beyond the record of ourselves that we leave behind?"
— Alexis Potter, Arizona Republic
"A one-of-a-kind movie that's so wide awake and sharp-edged it marks the arrival of a potentially major filmmaker. In Vengeance, B.J. Novak proves a born storyteller with the rare gift of using a film to say something that intoxicates us."
— Owen Gleiberman, Variety