This isn't a masterpiece, just a well made effort by someone who seemingly understands the pros and cons of how to deliver the shivers.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Too dumb for the arthouse, but too smart for the mall multiplex, the movie satisfies, paradoxically, precisely because it doesn't deliver on expectations.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
The movie is well-made, with more effort placed on building tension than on creating bloody payoffs.
| Original Score: 3/5
"Mandy" is a sturdy little slasher film, nothing more.
What we might actually call a "thinking man's slasher flick."
I can safely say we could have lived life quite contently without ever seeing it, but it's hard to completely dismiss it.
| Original Score: B-
There's a slightly nasty twist to some of the violence, with an air of school shooter menace ultimately creeping in as the group's tormentor is revealed.
It doesn't reinvent the genre, but it is a strong addition to the canon of films that fuse teenage anxieties of the body and social interaction with blood-soaked storytelling.
Writer Jacob Forman takes the possessive male gaze to its violent extreme. Mandy isn't much of a character, and that's the point.
| Original Score: C
Mandy Lane is sunshine and light, but we can sense the dark side everywhere as Levine blends his potent ingredients with the savvy of a Manhattan mixologist.
It's a time trip worth taking, with moody lensing and a suspenseful script (by Jacob Forman) that offers more than just the usual bloodbath.
While Levine employs a look that recalls the exploitation efforts circa a '70s drive-in, he doesn't have the same grasp on said material's button pushing provocation.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
One of the more memorable teen-oriented horror movies of the last few years. As much a comment on the objectification of women as it is a grimy, violent, enthralling slasher pic.
| Original Score: 3/4
The film is pretty good, but suffers a little bit from serious-itis.
Think of it as "There's Something About Mary" with a twist of "Friday the 13th"...
Mandy Lane isn't a masterpiece by any definition, but it is a fine and well crafted piece of work that a lot of care and attention to detail was put into.
May have an indie budget but equally evokes the rich landscapes of early Terrence Malick and the grimy grindhouse tales of the '70s, converging poetically into its heartmashing climax.
Engaging, sharply acted slasher movie that's a cut above the usual rubbish, thanks to a decent script and impressive direction by Jonathan Levine.
| Original Score: 4/5
with teenagers, there will always come a time when innocence must be lost - but Levine's film transfixes this moment with the sharpness of a razor.