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Ex Drummer Reviews

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Chris Norris
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

November 14, 2013
Mike Hale
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 3, 2011
Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 1, 2011
Ted Fry
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 6, 2009
Mariko McDonald
Film Threat

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 Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 12, 2008
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Hard to watch, and even harder to enjoy unless the music and almost pathological eccentricity takes your fancy.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 2/5

November 9, 2007
Anthony Quinn

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 Source: Independent | Original Score: 1/5

November 9, 2007
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

A violent and self-conscious exercise in punk nihilism.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

November 9, 2007
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Peters out in mass murder and visual gross-out.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

November 9, 2007
Peter Bradshaw

Bizarre, horribly violent and frequently brilliant black comedy from Belgium.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

November 9, 2007
Jon Fortgang

Visually exhilarating but also purposefully - and pointlessly - outrageous. Not for the faint hearted.

Full Review Source: Film4 | 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 Source: | Original Score: 1/5

November 9, 2007
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

This grungy anti-musical will offend just about everyone with its attitude towards women, gays, kids, and the elderly.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

November 8, 2007
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

November 8, 2007
James Rocchi

It's hard to watch. It's even harder to stop watching.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

September 15, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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 Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: D-

September 8, 2007
Jay Weissberg
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Signaling a new low in post-modern smug superiority, Ex Drummer tries to pass off contempt as comedy and slanted lensing as creativity.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 21, 2007
Boyd van Hoeij

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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July 16, 2007
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