Demonlover Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 2, 2008
Rather than deepening the mystery and sense of intoxication, the picture soon becomes one prolonged and very bad hangover.
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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
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
A silly, oddly disagreeable movie.
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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
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 17, 2003
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 9, 2003
Demonlover is so incomprehensible that you can't readily accuse it of being anything but almost unwatchable.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 8, 2003
A tiresome exercise in self-demonization.
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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
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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
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 20, 2003
Disturbing, darkly beautiful.
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
September 20, 2003
You'll be as transfixed as you are utterly confused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2003
Well-scripted, well-acted and occasionally sexy, but just isn't all that interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
September 20, 2003
Under cinematographer Denis Lenoir, Demonlover is visually grand, and the music by Sonic Youth is a grabber.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 20, 2003
A visually stylish movie that equates and fuses high-stakes corporate negotiations with the video-game mentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 20, 2003
I was struck by the complete lack of morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
September 20, 2003
The movie feels like a shambles, and yet it's a stunning example of a director in complete control of his material.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 20, 2003
Meant to be a sleek, dark, disturbing David Cronenberg-style thriller, Olivier Assayas's film is just an annoying concoction.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 18, 2003
The entrancing visual imagery goes a long way toward filling in the screenplay's gaps in logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
September 18, 2003
It's an exasperating, irresistible, must-see mess of a movie about life in the modern world and so very good that even when its story finally crashes and burns the filmmaking remains unscathed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
September 18, 2003
The story is creepily compelling in its hushed vision of the cold, gleaming, abstract surfaces of the new multinational conglomerate.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 18, 2003
Unlike almost every other sexy modern thriller (especially most recent studio blockbusters), this one gives you a lot to think about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2002
While there is much to dislike in Demonlover, its imagery and characters are oddly compelling.