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Anamorph (2008)


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

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

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 10
Fresh: 4
Rotten: 6

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


Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 3,076


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 … More

R (for distributing grisly images, some violence and language)
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Henry Miller , Tom Phelan
In Theaters:
Dec 9, 2008
IFC First Take - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Anamorph

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (20) | DVD (7)

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.

Full Review… | May 2, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A serial-killer flick told like an art lecture, Anamorph manages to be gruesome yet dull.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

The long shadow of David Fincher's Seven falls on Anamorph, a moody, ultimately unexciting thriller.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
Top Critic

Creepy, turgid and cerebral mind-game serial killer flick.

Full Review… | March 14, 2010
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.

Full Review… | December 4, 2008
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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2008
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.

Full Review… | May 10, 2008
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
Los Angeles CityBeat

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2008

A movie about a premise that metamorphoses into twaddle.

Full Review… | April 21, 2008
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2008

This serial killer movie is nothing but a copycat.

Full Review… | April 18, 2008

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | April 18, 2008
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.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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.

vieras esine

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

Al S

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!

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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