Irréversible Reviews

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Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
While Noe undoubtedly revels in his audience's revulsion, the fact is Irreversible is a painfully thin, uninvolving story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Moira Sullivan
Movie Magazine International
September 30, 2003
The detached clinical methodical style of some reptilian film critics since its release scrutinize the positioning of the camera in the rape scene-- almost like an autopsy.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
February 22, 2003
For all the virtuosic technique on view, the schematic nature of the project is too glibly nihilistic.
Nick Schager
February 9, 2003
Irréversible has virtually nothing unique to say about 21st century human relations or society.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2003
Noé isn't concerned with subverting the status quo. Indeed, what he really seems to want to do is make a Hollywood movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 14, 2003
So formally and stylistically aggressive that this aspect overpowers what it has to say, which isn't much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
March 17, 2003
Noe's attitude is so arrogant -- you can see it in his director's title card -- that you feel he thinks he's doing something profound.
| Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rob Humanick
November 20, 2008
The lurid gimmick of a barking sideshow host.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
March 10, 2003
Whereas Memento also actually delved into the human brain's relationship to humanity and whether 'reality' as we know it lies in something as simple as cognitive imprinting and recollection, Irreversible peddles only the deeply exterior prec
Full Review | Original Score: D
Carlo Cavagna
March 7, 2003
Noé is here to remind us the world is ugly. That'll be ten bucks, please, and would you like some popcorn with your nausea?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 8, 2003
All style and shock.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 4, 2003
Noé's stunt is an exploitation movie with a gimmick, not to mention a vacuous philosophy.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
March 6, 2003
The frenzied momentum churns up a lot of adrenaline and stomach acid for Irréversible. But the performances certainly don't stir up much emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 7, 2003
Low-end pornography that will titillate sickos who get off on seeing women and gays degraded and snuffed -- a movie without any redeeming social value.
| Original Score: 0/4
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John Anderson
March 7, 2003
What's apparent about Irreversible is that, at some point, the message about and depiction of violence becomes violence itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
March 7, 2003
Without an episode to develop character, Noe can't really finesse the 180-degree transition to show how a single event can irrevocably transform lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 13, 2003
The hard, lurid images catch you in a vise. But dramatically, with few exceptions, it's a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 14, 2003
Noe's summation is an ideological sucker-punch from a filmmaker who gets off on abusive relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 14, 2003
Excruciating exercise in voyeurism, provocation and pretentiousness.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 17, 2002
Yaniv Eyny and A. Zubatov
Senses of Cinema
May 22, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
March 16, 2003
Since I was one who fled (and at my screening the rate was closer to 60 percent), this is a non-review, but I feel a responsibility to warn readers about this film.
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
March 14, 2003
You say you hated it and it made you throw up? That's the spirit!
Alexander Walker
This is London
February 1, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 19, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 28, 2003
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
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