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Anamorph (2008)

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26

Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 20

Thin on plot but heavy on academic references, Anamorph proves more derivative than terrifying.

40

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 6

Thin on plot but heavy on academic references, Anamorph proves more derivative than terrifying.

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24

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Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 3,075

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Movie Info

A haunted New York City detective must delve into his dark past in order to stop a serial killer whose highly artistic modus operandi seems uncannily similar to that of a madman who stalked the city streets five years prior. When reclusive detective Stan Aubray (Willem Dafoe) gunned down the man suspected of being the "Uncle Eddie" murderer, he thought his nightmare had come to an end. But now a new crop of victims has begun to turn up, each bearing the distinctive mark of the maniac whom

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Henry Miller, Tom Phelan

Dec 9, 2008

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Director H.S. Miller thinks he's made something broodingly visionary when you're more likely to be aesthetically shaken up by one of Mad magazine's Fold-Ins.

May 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A serial-killer flick told like an art lecture, Anamorph manages to be gruesome yet dull.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The long shadow of David Fincher's Seven falls on Anamorph, a moody, ultimately unexciting thriller.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Wears its influences...a little too heavily on its sleeve. But it does effectively convey a lingering sense of dread that can't be easily dismissed.

April 18, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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The serial killer in Anamorph shows promise, even if some of his best moves are derivative. The same is true of the film's director.

April 18, 2008
New York Times
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The atmosphere created by director H.S. Miller is gothic, tortured, stylized yet tinged with a classicist's sense of composition, symmetry and, yes, perspective.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Creepy, turgid and cerebral mind-game serial killer flick.

March 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

No more interesting than any standard episode of "CSI" or any of the other myriad of cop-centric whodunits polluting our airwaves.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Dread Central
Dread Central

O roteiro carregado de clichés desperdiça o que até poderia ser uma premissa interessante, ao passo que os esforços estilísticos de Miller soam patéticos, como uma imitação barata dos trabalhos de David Fincher.

July 10, 2008
Cinema em Cena

Anamorph dances around ponderous issues and grotesque scenery but fails to really engage, startle or disturb.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A visual treat for Dafoe fans that goes well beyond the conventional horror genre into questions of reality and fantasy and how, or if, we tell the difference.

May 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Sure, it's better than 88 Minutes [what isn't?] but it's still pretty pointless, with unclear exposition and murky plot developments.

May 1, 2008

Weirdly positioning serial killing as a depraved form of creative expression and the victims as signature works of art, Anamorph has the odd effect of simultaneous repulsion and fascination.

April 27, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

A movie about a premise that metamorphoses into twaddle.

April 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

On a scale of one to Se7en, Miller's doomed rip barely rates.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: MTV

This serial killer movie is nothing but a copycat.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Metromix.com
Metromix.com

The unfortunate fact is that it's more than a little dull when it isn't preposterous.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An academic thriller likely to engage only avid collectors of serial-killer flicks.

April 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Anamorph

I like a good murder mystery as much as the next person, but this one is hard to watch.

I like it when movies let you draw your own conclusions, but in this movie, the leads are just so obscure, and the killer's motives only seems to be to make a confusing movie for the movie-going public out there. Saying that, I probably would watch it again, just to see if it makes sense the second time.
July 24, 2010
Redlats

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The anamorphic art was nice, but the film itself was a bit too blurry and vague for my taste. Perhaps I should've been more alert to get more out of it.
March 21, 2009
vierasesine

Super Reviewer

It's truly a weak, slow and miserable little thriller, the cocept is interesting but the material is weak and dosent deserve the great talents of Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman and Peter Storemare
October 21, 2008
allan913

Super Reviewer

A thrilling movie about a troubled detective who struggles with his past, and the one case that still haunts him. The current case resembles the works of a serial killer that he has caught before, but this brings up further question of whether he in fact caught the actual person, or not. Great cast- Willem Dafoe, Scott Speedman, James Rebhorn, Peter Stormare, and Clea DuVall. Worth seeing!
May 17, 2009
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