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Tormented (2009)

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70

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 10

It relies too heavily on American slasher cliches, but Tormented is a timely, funny, and even somewhat touching entry in the high school horror genre.

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Critic Reviews: 1
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 1

It relies too heavily on American slasher cliches, but Tormented is a timely, funny, and even somewhat touching entry in the high school horror genre.

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An emotionally tortured teenager returns from the grave and promptly makes life hell for those who ostracized him, in this jet-black horror comedy with echoes of Carrie At the center of the British secondary school in question is Justine (Tuppence Middleton), a pampered, elitist rich bitch. Following the suicide of a bullied classmate - overweight, asthmatic Darren Mullett (Calvin Dean) - Justine tries to wheedle her way into the "in crowd," whose members are every bit as snotty and obnoxious as

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Horror, Comedy

Stephen Prentice

Aug 31, 2010

Pathé Distribution

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (10) | DVD (1)

Solid storytelling, attractive cast and modish updates are let down by a lack of scares and jokes. IMHO not gr8, don't xpkt to LOL.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
Time Out
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Under-exploring the big reveal of the murderer and dragging the set plays out a little too long, Tormented's early promise fails to pull home.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comment (1)
Fan The Fire

A gruesome, edgy, ambitious, and sometimes funny horror tale that doesn't shy away from exploring adolescent cruelty.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat | Comment (1)
Aisle Seat

By the end, "Tormented" is such a listless take on a potentially interesting idea that it feels like its own remake.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

There's a huge amount of respect for the horror side of things here as well. If it sounds like your cup of tea, then dive in as soon as you possibly can.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Dread Central | Comments (2)

Jon Wright's film delivers its shocks as efficiently as the average American equivalent. Its British jokiness makes it less scary than it perhaps could have been, but it gains more from this trade-off than it loses.

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comment (1)
Times [UK]

It's well enough made, fairly inventive and the bullies practise safe sex. But the film tips its hand a little too early.

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
Observer [UK]

The film does deliver a high gore quotient which should keep fans of the genre happy.

May 28, 2009
Daily Record [UK]

Brilliantly funny at times, it's well worth a look - even if the script is as holey as some of the bullies end up.

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Mail [UK] | Comment (1)
Sunday Mail [UK]

A smart, competent horror-com that's easily a match for its US counterparts.

May 27, 2009 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Comment (1)
SFX Magazine

It's diverting, occasionally moving, and has two secret weapons, teen heart-throb Alex Pettyfer and newcomer Tuppence Middleton.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
This is London

A for effort, C for artistry, this wayward teen of a movie is confusing, amusing and scary - a bit like school itself.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)
Film4

The qualitative bar for execrable homegrown comedy-horror was recently set at ground level by Lesbian Vampire Killers, here is a movie so inept and ill-conceived that it manages to scrape a place for itself directly below that particular abomination.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comment (1)
Times [UK]

Despite its weaknesses, though, there's something appealing about Tormented. It may or may not portend a revival of popular British horror, but at least no one can mistake this for the grim compulsions of the torture-porn aficionado.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Comments (2)
Guardian [UK]

There's enough vitriolic bitching among the bullying contingent to make Jon Wright's movie trashily entertaining up to a point.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comments (2)
Daily Telegraph

Any good horror film needs not only blood spattered deaths aplenty but a good murderer too. Tormented fails that test.

May 22, 2009 | Comment (1)
Little White Lies

What Tormented lacks in US gloss and glamour it more than matches in escapist fun, making it an enjoyable, if forgettable, ride.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Comment (1)
Digital Spy

Skins plus multiple slayings equals fun times, best enjoyed while mildly inebriated.

May 22, 2009 | Comment (1)
Heat Magazine

Tormented works so successfully. The laughs are funny, the scares genuine, and the flashbacks to Darren's caught on camera torture all too believable.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Comment (1)
Sky Movies

A slasher for the Twitter generation, Tormented catches the spirit of the times without being too try-hard. Quips and snogging take precedence over scares, but its commentary on new technology's power to intimidate is chillingly apt.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Tormented

Ok but predictable and im not sure if it was surpose to be funny or not.If you like this stuff its worth a look but only if there nothing better.!
January 24, 2010
briandeguelle

Super Reviewer

well apart from a couple of funny jokes this movie is dyer!
Britain must really stop writing horrors its just embarressing!
This movie is boring slow and just completely unbelievable and really laughable!
Just crap!
This fat kid who gets bullied ends up committing suicide, after being bullied by this group of people, but he comes back as a killer and starts kiling each of them and thats the story not much to it really he kills them end of story!
Its as crap as it sounds!
December 7, 2009
FiLmCrAzY
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

This movie is a bit more on the unique side of high school slashers, but not so much in a good way. The camera work and editing stands out most to me, and it works in giving the movie an intense tone, but the problem with this film lies somewhere else. The acting is fine, the plot is basic but not bad... What's horrid is the character development and the dialogue. The characters are exaggerated to the point where I want to rip my hair out. All the comedy in this film falls flat, and the "Cool kids" "Bullies" "Emos" all do nothing but play a stereotypical role and ruin what could have been a decent film, had it been more down to earth.
April 7, 2013
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