I could have done without the designer prison, but most of the other stylistic conceits work.
Arguably the strongest American debut feature of the '90s.
Todd Haynes' Poison is a conceptually bold, stylistically audacious first feature, a compelling study of different forms of deviance.
Boldly self conscious, Poison switches channels among its three stylistically varied but thematically linked tales with cumulative, claustrophobic power.
Compelling and quirkily intelligent; Genet, one feels, would have been impressed.
The movie needs to evoke more than the ghost of Genet to give it resonance.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Its effect, as a whole, is like that of an especially vile infection; it moves diabolically through your system, spreading fever and nausea as it goes.
What's truly revolutionary about this filmmaker -- his perverse, ironic humanity -- is only intermittently on display in this quasi-provocative formalist knickknack
| Original Score: B-