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The Collector Reviews

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Paul Chambers

Gruesome to the max. Not recommended, but obviously the director has a modicum of talent. Paul Chambers, CNN.

Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Original Score: C-

March 27, 2010
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a gritty and downright brutal horror-movie endeavor...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

November 7, 2009
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

By shaving the plot and motivation to almost nothing, director Marcus Dunstan is pretty much fessing up his understanding that all anybody was ever interested in in the Saw films is the torture porn.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 1/5

October 30, 2009
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Watching The Collector becomes an experience not so much of dread as big virtual ouches.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

October 30, 2009
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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If you didn't already know The Collector was written by two Saw franchise hacks, and directed by one of them, it would soon become as obvious as a fish hook to the face.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2009
Michael Dequina

How I clamor for a contemporary horror film that understands that extreme gore does not equal genuine scariness.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/4

August 31, 2009
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

Once things get rolling it's actually decent. But the first 25 minutes are flat and boring. Can't quite recommend it.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 16, 2009
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

This ultra-sadistic, efficiently single-minded Grand Guignol endurance test plays like something cooked up by a clever 14-year-old devotee of

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

August 14, 2009
Peter Sobczynski

I was somewhat startled to discover that it actually has a few intriguing qualities amidst the blood and guts.

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August 7, 2009
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A sub-Saw knockoff that manages to be brutal yet monotonous, not to mention monstrously unpleasant.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: D

August 5, 2009
David Fear
Time Out New York
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This is the sort of cheap bilking that separates completists from masochists; the brief suffering onscreen is nothing compared with the agony scary-movie buffs will feel after being so thoroughly cheated.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

August 5, 2009
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Exactly the movie you'd expect from a couple of guys whose main claim to fame is having written the last couple Saw movies.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 1/5

August 5, 2009
James Rocchi
Common Sense Media

Grisly horror film is smothered in blood and gore.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 1/5

August 3, 2009
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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One of the more doltish entries in the torture subgenre.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

August 3, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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One trap leaves a woman impaled on a movie screen, producing an image that succinctly if literally sums up a genre's cynicism.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 0.5/4

August 3, 2009

The torture never stops.

Full Review Source: MTV | Original Score: 2/10

August 3, 2009
Scott Weinberg

A simple, basic, fast-paced horror thriller that wastes nary a frame on unnecessary set-up, languid exposition, or pointless subplots.

Full Review Source: FEARnet | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 3, 2009
Keith Breese

what happens when Dario Argento's Suspiria gives Elmore Leonard a drunken booty call.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 2, 2009
Eric D. Snider

There's some torture, a lot of blood, some deaths, the usual routine, but without any suspense or ingenuity.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

August 2, 2009
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

There is no reason on earth 'The Collector' exists.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4

August 1, 2009
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