The triumph of this bleak, unsettling picture is that, no matter how grim it gets, it's far too involving for you to turn away.
River's Edge is a contemporary horror story about teen-agers, but it contains no slasher scenes or serial homicides. Its monsters are all too real.
A powerful sociological film on white teenage alienation in small-town America, that is even more amazing that it's based on an actual event.
| Original Score: A
One of the most haunting films of the 1980s, River's Edge looks at a suburban, postpunk generation which has no causes, no morals, no feelings, and, worst of all, no future.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
An unusually downbeat and depressing youth pic.
It's more a success than a failure, if only because the confusions are so protean.
Based on an actual incident in Northern California, Tim Hunter's controversial indie addresses the growing alienation and moral vacancy among youths growing up in drug-oriented and media-saturated society; Keanu Reeves is perfectly cast.
| Original Score: A-
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 3/5
A Film you'll never forget....Crispin Glover and Ione Skye are unforgettable
Disturbing, overlooked, excellent film.
| Original Score: 5/5
One of the most chilling portraits of misguided youth put to film.
Probes the breakdown of moral fiber in one community and its tragic results.