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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Reviews

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall


| Original Score: 3/5

June 12, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A brutally honest intimate portrait of a serial killer that makes you feel rotten inside.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

April 4, 2004

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer surely ranks as one of the most frightening and disturbing films ever made.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

July 30, 2003
Peter Bradshaw

There are still some shocks.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

July 8, 2003
Caryn James
New York Times
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Mr. McNaughton's observations are so chilling and precise that they gain some artistic stature even when they cross the line that makes the audience voyeurs and accomplices.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 20, 2003
Jamie Russell

John McNaughton's haunting film is a grim journey into the life of its twisted subject that refuses to moralise or judge.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

April 21, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Henry Lee Lucas was mostly a liar in real life, but that doesn't stop the movie from being one truly disturbing journey/

| Original Score: 5/5

January 22, 2003
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

It relies not upon visceral depictions of graphic violence but the sporadic, lifeless motivations of the killer - an established, sympathetic, and ultimately humanistic character.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

November 19, 2002
James Rocchi

Henry is a glimpse into the void that will chill, terrify and haunt you with the infinite evil in the hearts of ordinary people.

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

November 7, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

Part of the time it's art house cinema, the rest of the time its horror schlock.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 18, 2002
Scott Weinberg

Unflinching, rough, and ugly. Also a damn good movie.

| Original Score: 5/5

July 26, 2002
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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This film gives off a dark chill that follows you all the way home.

May 12, 2001
Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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The emptiness in Henry seems like an artistic convenience or, worse, an evasion. What we suspect, finally, is that the deficiencies belong more to the artist than to his subject.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

I have some admiration for this film. But I also have no desire ever to see it again.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null

Powerful, raw, terrifying, and shocking filmmaking.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Ted Prigge

MacNaughton's direction is extremely bland, although I don't mean that negatively: he portrays Henry in a very realistic manner, not adding any wild directing techniques to what he does, and because of this digs deeper into the character.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A low-budget tour de force that provides an unforgettable portrait of the pathology of a man for whom killing is not a crime but simply a way of passing time and relieving boredom.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The fact that Henry is affectless on the surface but commits exploitation-movie mayhem on the side is, by now, less an unsettling revelation than a rote banality.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

September 24, 1986
Michael Dequina

| Original Score: 5/5

October 28, 2006
Nicolas Lacroix

| Original Score: 4/5

September 30, 2005
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