Demonlover Reviews

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Serge Kaganski
Film Comment Magazine
November 19, 2013
At once illness and antidote, wound and knife, chilling and fascinating-in short, demonic and loving-demonlover is a beautiful and disturbing contemporary filmic object, concentrating within itself most of Assayas's obsessions
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
February 8, 2010
A stupendously intelligent assault on globalism, e-commerce, the media, [and] corporate culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
March 2, 2008
Delving into confusion and messing with genre expectations, as well as making some serious points about contemporary morality, this is thought-provoking film. Though not exactly an entirely successful one.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 2, 2008
It's gripping and provocative, making effective use of actor Charles Berling and the music of Sonic Youth.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 14, 2007
A potent film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
May 28, 2007
Over and over, people hold solemn, antagonistic meetings over who'll get the rights to make computer-generated sleaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
May 14, 2004
A bleak cyber-thriller that bids you to see through the glossy images on the screen's surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
May 11, 2004
Exhilaratingly original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 1, 2004
This global thriller seriously plays with your head ... refusing to resolve itself into something clear-cut. But the approach is assured and intelligent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 7, 2003
By far one of the most interesting and thoughtful pieces of cinema to savage American cinema screens in ages, and certainly the only incoming French mind-warper with a soundtrack by Sonic Youth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 20, 2003
A stark, unsettling movie, one that grows darker and stranger with every little twist in the plot.
| Original Score: 4/5
D.K. Holm
Movie Poop Shoot
October 24, 2003
demonlover wasn't made to be "liked" in the conventional sense.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 10, 2003
Many sequences are more about color or energy than conveying any specific information, but the mood the film sets subtly emphasizes the questions it asks about world trade, personal responsibility and corporate greed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Luke Y. Thompson
Dallas Observer
October 8, 2003
...perhaps the best cinematic adaptation of a William Gibson novel never written.
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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
October 3, 2003
All about modern disconnect -- hardly an original subject -- but the film gets style points, and in-your-face points.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
October 3, 2003
I enjoyed it tremendously even as I questioned the sanity of everyone involved.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 2, 2003
... a brilliant, stunning piece of work, perhaps not Assayas' best, but certainly his most fearless and impassioned.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 2, 2003
For an hour or so, Demonlover is an entrancingly devious soap opera of executive decadence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 2, 2003
A multilayered meditation on the fast-blurring lines between fantasy and reality, and the seductive troika of money, power and sex.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 26, 2003
Expect demonlover to become a midnight-movie staple in the coming years. And expect shards of it to roil your dreams for weeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Film Comment Magazine
August 21, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 17, 2003

Boston Phoenix
September 28, 2003
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