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Excision Reviews

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You wait years for one quirky, necrophiliac, indie horror to arrive and then...well, only one turns up. Excision is probably why.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

October 31, 2012
Steve Rose

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 Source: Guardian | Original Score: 2/5

November 1, 2012
Robert Koehler
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Excision is technically polished juvenilia that provokes without resonance.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times

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 Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 1/5

November 8, 2012
Rachel Cooke
Observer [UK]

I liked this teen comedy-horror flick an awful lot. But then I'm warped.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

November 4, 2012
Andy Lea
Daily Star

A very strange and rather disgusting indie thriller.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2012
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 7/10

November 4, 2012
Eddie Harrison
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2012
Simon Miraudo

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 13, 2012
Simon Foster

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.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

June 15, 2012
Scott Weinberg

It's the take-no-prisoners enthusiasm with which Bates leaps into his suburban nightmare that makes Excision so interesting.

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

February 1, 2012
Rosie Fletcher
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

October 29, 2012
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

This disturbing, demented psychodrama cuts to the heart of teen growing pains.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

November 1, 2012
Anton Bitel

charting the horrors of adolescent alienation... writer/director Richard Bates Jr. is the exciting new face of disturbing, demented psychodrama.

Full Review Source: MovieScope

November 2, 2012
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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An overripe mélange of Cronenbergian 'body horror' and alienated Lynchian weirdness.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2012
Erik Childress

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 Source: | Original Score: 3/4

February 16, 2012
Rich Cline

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 Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 2, 2012
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Excision is a supremely nasty piece of work in the best way possible.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

January 23, 2012
Noel Murray
AV Club
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This is one of the damnedest "adolescent misfit" movies you'll ever see -- for those who can stomach the splatter, that is.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

January 23, 2012
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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 Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 7/10

February 3, 2012
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