There are some good, frightening scenes of volatile lunacy, but the whole thing badly lacks a controlling distance and perspective.
River stabs all-too-wildly in the dark.
| Original Score: 2/5
The movie's thinking is hackneyed and sloppy.
The silliest work of the '80s.
| Original Score: 1/5
| Original Score: 3/5
This is the best analytical film about a crime since The Onion Field and In Cold Blood.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: 4/5
Unflinching, tough, rough and fascinating.
| Original Score: 5/5
A Film you'll never forget....Crispin Glover and Ione Skye are unforgettable
An unusually downbeat and depressing youth pic.
A creepy, powerful, and underseen picture that features some virtuoso performances.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Serious societal comment interspersed with black comedy
Probes the breakdown of moral fiber in one community and its tragic results.
One of the most chilling portraits of misguided youth put to film.
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
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.