The movie was featured in many critics' best of 2007 film list, and got rave reviews all over. Time magazine's famed reviewer Richard Schickel ranked the film at # 3 in his list of best films of 2007. Critic Roger Ebert referred Sidney Lumet as a 'Living treasure', while stating that the film was one of the most hypnotizing from one of the great masters.
The movie was shot in High definition video format as Director Sidney Lumet was very upbeat with the experience of similar experiment on a television series. He also stated that shooting on film is a 'pain in the ass' and he wished that distributors and exhibitors would better agree on the digital projection format
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