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Descent Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

Bullz-Eye.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 19, 2007
Dawson, armed not with a whole lot of dialogue but her endlessly eloquent face, makes each note of the character's journey pierce, whether with pain or ecstasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 15, 2007
It's been a while since we saw a demagogic feminist exploitation revenge drama, and Descent, while top-heavy with 'agenda,' is shrewdly done.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
August 10, 2007
[Dramatizes] the experience and the psychological aftermath of rape with a vividness I've never seen in an American film.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dave White
Movies.com
August 10, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 9, 2007
It's a lot like a '70s exploitation movie, with its determination to seduce and shock the viewer with alternating currents of electrical stimulus, and its weird combination of arty arch-decadence and neo-Victorian moralizing.
Kam Williams
Black Star News
August 7, 2007
Rosario Dawson exhibits a previously unseen range, here, more than meeting the challenge of the most emotionally-demanding role of her career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 16, 2007
Each section of the film is a heady and artful consideration of Maya's torment, which Dawson conveys as a wounded puzzle of shame and denial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
November 11, 2007
Revenge is less than sweet, to say the least, in particular for the audience, veering between sickening and pathetically pornographic.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
August 15, 2007
Sludgy and slack [...] pointlessly vague and abstruse.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 14, 2007
Though a clearly gifted new filmmaker, Lugacy doesn't get a handle on the combustible material, and she gets scalded in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 12, 2007
Ugliness of story, character and technique cannot hold a movie audience and do more harm than good towards seeking a professed corrective.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 11, 2007
A hollow fabrication in the pursuit of someone's sick idea of redemption. I didn't pay to see it... but I want my wasted time back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jenny Peters
Hollywood.com
August 11, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 10, 2007
There's too much arty writhing and too little concrete character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

Boxoffice Magazine
August 30, 2007
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
August 18, 2007
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