Ex Drummer Reviews

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Chris Norris
Film Comment Magazine
November 14, 2013
One of the film's greatest strengths is its rendering of punk's style, sound, and seedy milieu, showing in explicit detail how lost souls might redeem themselves in one explosive half-hour in the spotlight.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
March 3, 2011
The visual dexterity exhibited by Mr. Mortier, in his feature debut, and his cinematographer, Glynn Speeckaert, may keep you watching if not necessarily involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
March 1, 2011
The flashy adaptation of the book by aging Belgian provocateur Herman Brusselmans is as systematically offensive and boisterously vulgar as its degenerate punk protagonists. Or at least that's the aim.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 6, 2009
A thoroughly offensive and often hilarious punk requiem about rape, murder, violence, kinky sex, drugs, destruction, bad manners and rock 'n' roll -- not necessarily in that order.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mariko McDonald
Film Threat
August 12, 2008
One of those rare films that still manages to haunt you long after you leave the theatre, for people who like that kind of thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
November 9, 2007
Hard to watch, and even harder to enjoy unless the music and almost pathological eccentricity takes your fancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
November 9, 2007
Women, gays and old people get a pretty rough ride, though given the film's minuscule target audience it shouldn't really bother them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
November 9, 2007
A violent and self-conscious exercise in punk nihilism.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 9, 2007
Peters out in mass murder and visual gross-out.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 9, 2007
Bizarre, horribly violent and frequently brilliant black comedy from Belgium.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Fortgang
Film4
November 9, 2007
Visually exhilarating but also purposefully - and pointlessly - outrageous. Not for the faint hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 9, 2007
The film, so desperate in its attempts to shock the viewer through showing the dark side of humanity, is crippled by the fact that the characters are so thinly drawn they have no depth to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
November 8, 2007
This grungy anti-musical will offend just about everyone with its attitude towards women, gays, kids, and the elderly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 8, 2007
A punk film in more ways than one, Ex Drummer is sordid, relentlessly nihilistic and extremely violent, but it's also impressively directed and unlike anything else you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Cinematical
September 15, 2007
It's hard to watch. It's even harder to stop watching.
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
September 8, 2007
Ex Drummer is a mess of a film, a tawdry, bizarre tale that has enough visual style to set it apart, barely, from being a complete waste of several hours of your life.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
July 21, 2007
Signaling a new low in post-modern smug superiority, Ex Drummer tries to pass off contempt as comedy and slanted lensing as creativity.
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
July 16, 2007
Because of the continuous barrage of swear words, bloody violence and explicit sex, distribution beyond its home country will be difficult, but industry professionals should all note the director's name, however: M-O-R-T-I-E-R.
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