Antiviral Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
November 25, 2013
With an obsession for close-ups of needles piercing skin, Antiviral leaves one with a OCD-style desire to wash ones hands... the overreaching success of the film lies in its believable depiction of a culture slowly rotting at the core.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 12, 2013
The script is thin but effectively creepy as it examines contemporary pop culture obsessions while maximizing the queasy close-ups of needles, blood and medical procedures.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2013
How sick can fans of a celebrity get? Very, answers "Antiviral." Imagine fan fetish culture metastasizing. A pox on consumers and capitalists alike, Brandon Cronenberg sneers.
Christian Toto
Big Hollywood
May 6, 2013
Our Lindsay Lohan-obsessed culture gets its comeuppance in this surgically precise satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 30, 2013
Brandon (son of David) Cronenberg demonstrates that the diseased tumor doesn't fall far from the infected corpse, so to speak: He's delivered a movie of smart, satirical science-fiction concepts and disturbing, sometimes bloody images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Keizer
Alt Film Guide
April 25, 2013
A gutsy, notable debut for a young filmmaker who needs to find a unique voice to match his unique ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
April 25, 2013
The metaphors are maybe too clear (there's a food product grown from celebrity muscle cells), but the filmmaking is solid, using a nearly monochrome palette for its sleek dystopia.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
April 20, 2013
Originality is a rare commodity in art, so when something fresh and unexpected comes my way, it's cause for celebration. Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral is cause for celebration.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
April 20, 2013
Cronenberg Jnr has created a reality that makes the skin crawl. Satire, horror and sci-fi meld into one delectably gruesome tale in which Caleb Landry Jones' pasty protagonist spends most of the film clutching a thermometer, syringe and a vial of blood
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Urban Cinefile
April 20, 2013
Cronenberg Jnr has created a reality that makes the skin crawl. Satire, horror and sci-fi meld into one delectably gruesome tale in which Caleb Landry Jones' pasty protagonist spends most of the film clutching a thermometer, syringe and a vial of blood
Matt Glasby
Flicks.co.nz
April 18, 2013
Undoubtedly a challenging watch, but it's helped greatly by beautiful cinematography and music.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 16, 2013
Sick, stomach-churning, satirical sci-fi - and the many distastefully visceral syringe scenes are not for the squeamish.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 13, 2013
Brandon Cronenberg makes a striking debut for his first feature, following on the heels of his famous father while blazing his own career trail.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
April 11, 2013
It seems the poisoned apple doesn't fall far from the rotting tree.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Noel Murray
AV Club
April 11, 2013
The movie can be repulsive at times, but Cronenberg is more interested in ideas than in blood and guts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
April 10, 2013
Papa Cronenberg must be proud, but be advised: If there's a blood test in your future, book it before seeing this movie.
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
April 10, 2013
It's exactly the oddball and crooked tale you'd want and expect from a Cronenberg with all the gratuitous blood, pus, bone and multiple closeups of needles piercing skin you could ask for. Dad would be proud.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 10, 2013
Cronenberg fils, though, while sharing dad's bodily fixations, exhibits other influences from his Kubriakian art direction (white minimalism) to Lynchian imagery (red drapes and blurred head shots)...star Landry Jones compels in a breakout role.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 9, 2013
Cronenberg achieves a kind of heightened reality that does not resemble the real world but possesses its own internal logic.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
April 8, 2013
Cronenberg's directing style is elegant, all shiny surfaces and sleek camera moves, until the horror begins; then the film turns as dark and as bloody as the physical decay of its star-obsessed characters.
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