Antiviral Reviews

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David Baldwin
We Got This Covered
September 27, 2012
Antiviral is an interesting idea for a social satire, but the plot, story, and acting are all weak, and the film owes way too much to David Cronenberg.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
April 18, 2013
While Brandon Cronenberg surely lives up to the family name, I can't prescribe Antiviral to anyone needing an exciting sci-fi fix.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
April 12, 2013
What Jones hasn't been given is a character to play. Syd is a cipher, neither sympathetic nor hateful, nor even interestingly human.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
July 6, 2012
Brandon's cunning plan to step out of his father's shadow is basically to plagiarise every movie he's ever made.
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
April 7, 2013
A one-joke movie--a good joke, yes, but Brandon Cronenberg's agenda clouds the clarity that's needed to fully deliver the punchline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Simon Foster
April 17, 2013
As a piss-take of society's shallow fascination with Kardashian-like nobodies, Antiviral is coolly effective, but there's little insight into the psychology that drives normal people to fixate on such 'celebrities'.
May 4, 2013
As pretentious as it is boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Rob Gonsalves
July 15, 2015
Antiviral is what happens when you make a movie around a fleetingly interesting idea but forget to find a story in it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
April 13, 2013
"Antiviral" is interesting for the first ten or fifteen minutes before it digresses into a slough. Boredom is the death of any movie, and this one will bore you to tears.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
January 30, 2013
Queasiness abound but there are no real jolts; the words "foreskin", "anus" and "vulva" are unlikely to disturb anyone under the age of 97.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eric Kohn
April 10, 2013
The younger Cronenberg has made a derivative exercise in body horror that plays as little more than low rent Cronenberg pastiche.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 30, 2013
'Antiviral' never wholly succeeds as either a surgical satire or a medical conspiracy thriller, and its tedious last third is like a diseased body dragging itself slowly to the grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
January 31, 2013
If David Cronenberg's entire body of work didn't exist, Antiviral would be a revelation. As it stands...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
April 18, 2013
If weirdness was all that mattered, Antiviral would be a must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lee Marshall
Screen International
May 21, 2012
Brandon Cronenberg's feature debut is a cybermedical sci-fi vampire thriller that battles constantly, and with only limited success, against its own ludicrous script.
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
October 12, 2012
A virtual panoply of high wooziness, replete with sweating, shakes, vomiting, rot-infected food and more needles piercing skin than rush hour at a free flu clinic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
April 11, 2013
Eventually the clammy spell of this handsomely designed but solemnly paced movie begins to wear off, and you long for a little action or at least some fresh air.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Cabin
Film Racket
April 12, 2013
Syd's would-be rebellion from this sick world is rendered toothless, largely because Cronenberg spends most of his film discussing how cool and complex the rules are, and how to break them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2013
If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 16, 2014
...a ridiculous and flat-out dumb premise that's employed to terminally underwhelming effect by Cronenberg...
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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