Excision Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
August 26, 2015
It's the take-no-prisoners enthusiasm with which Bates leaps into his suburban nightmare that makes Excision so interesting.
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
November 8, 2012
McCord's elfin face has been transformed here with fake heavy eyebrows into something disturbingly simian and her low, uncouth voice provides a really weird sexual charge.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
November 4, 2012
Excision isn't for the weak of heart or those hoping for a simple-minded watch, but can most certainly be a rewarding endeavor for any viewer needing a good character piece full of personalities worth a good psycho-analysis.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Rachel Cooke
Observer [UK]
November 4, 2012
I liked this teen comedy-horror flick an awful lot. But then I'm warped.
Rich Cline
November 2, 2012
There's an element of parody to this jet-black comedy, but the film is so creepy that it gets under our skin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
November 2, 2012
charting the horrors of adolescent alienation... writer/director Richard Bates Jr. is the exciting new face of disturbing, demented psychodrama.
Steve Rose
November 1, 2012
It could have been David Cronenberg meets Todd Solondz, but ends up more of a cautionary cartoon on things you shouldn't try at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
November 1, 2012
This disturbing, demented psychodrama cuts to the heart of teen growing pains.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 31, 2012
You wait years for one quirky, necrophiliac, indie horror to arrive and then...well, only one turns up. Excision is probably why.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
October 30, 2012
A very strange and rather disgusting indie thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
October 30, 2012
An overripe mélange of Cronenbergian 'body horror' and alienated Lynchian weirdness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
October 29, 2012
It won't be to many people's taste, but for those with strong stomachs, Excision presents a strain of horror that's grounded in real life, and one with more potency that most conventional slasher/torture fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rosie Fletcher
Total Film
October 29, 2012
Brave, transgressive, disgusting, thrilling - and boasting a 90210-defying turn from an uglified AnnaLynne McCord - Excision could have been this generation's Carrie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
October 29, 2012
Like the lovechild of Carrie and Napoleon Dynamite, Pauline is the oddball hero of a truly impressive, eccentric teen horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Foster
June 15, 2012
Bates' piercing originality and keen eye for framing and ear for dialogue sets it own precedents, standing tall on the stooped shoulders of Pauline and her teen-dream bloodlust.
Simon Miraudo
June 13, 2012
Excision is no horror movie, but rather, a blood-strewn black comedy. It's an uneasy tone to strike, but Bates finds the right balance with his sharp script and just enough underlying tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Erik Childress
February 16, 2012
A dark comedy that may not quite be Lucky McKee's masterful May but should earn fans along the lines of Ginger Snaps and Teeth
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 3, 2012
While it's more than a little sick, and will likely leave you queasy by the time the credits roll, EXCISION is nonetheless a truly unique horror ride into the scariest of all places- the mind of a teenaged misfit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Robert Koehler
January 24, 2012
Excision is technically polished juvenilia that provokes without resonance.
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
January 23, 2012
Excision is a supremely nasty piece of work in the best way possible.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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