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The Hillside Strangler Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

Full Review Source: Movie Gazette | Original Score: 7/10

April 2, 2005
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Parello's deadpan re-creation of the stranglers' repellent war on women is all the more chilling for being so matter-of-fact, and cinematographer John Pirozzi flawlessly evokes the grit-and-grime look of low-budget '70s crime films.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

October 12, 2004
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2/5

December 7, 2007

Empire Magazine

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

April 1, 2006
Staci Layne Wilson

Dumbed down and sexed up, 'Hillside' cashes in on the overtly lurid aspects of the murders while giving short shrift to the more interesting psychological aspects of the case.

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November 6, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Feels very cheesy due to its awkward, period-style acting and directing. But it's also chillingly informative.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 19, 2004
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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A garishly slick piece of exploitation with surprisingly high production values but nary a moment of suspense.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

October 15, 2004
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine

Career-wise, no one really stands to benefit from the film, with the exception of Turturro, who shows he's ready for bigger cinematic opportunities.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 15, 2004
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Sordid and sleazy, although the lead performances are hard to fault.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 1/4

October 14, 2004
Dana Stevens
New York Times
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This relentlessly unpleasant film documents the true story of cousins whose murder spree in late 1970's Los Angeles was at first attributed to a lone killer known as the Hillside Strangler.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

October 14, 2004
Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly
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A good horse kick, or a fistful of Valium, may help you get through this relentlessly sadistic exercise with your soul more or less intact.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 14, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Another repulsive, fetishistic trawl through the life and crimes of a serial killer.

| Original Score: 0/4

October 12, 2004
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Here's one for the Sick Voyeurs Club.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/4

October 12, 2004
Robert Koehler
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Time Out
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Hollywood Reporter
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October 19, 2004
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