• Unrated, 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Franck Khalfoun
    In Theaters:
    Jun 21, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Oct 15, 2013
  • IFC Midnight
  • Maniac
    2 minutes 9 seconds
    Added: May 23, 2013


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Maniac Reviews

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Mary Clare Waireri
Fan The Fire

It's not enough to just mimic exploitation cinema, swallow its misogynistic conventions uncritically and call it an homage.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 0/5

March 17, 2013
Chris Packham
Village Voice
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The genre is adolescent as hell, reckless and pre-empathetic, picking on girls just to see what their reactions might be.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 18, 2013
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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Rank even on its own terms, it's the kind of inferior remake that also invites questions about the original's cult status.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

March 12, 2013
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine

Even the most ardent horror fan might struggle to find something to enjoy in Franck Khalfoun's remake of William Lustig's 1980 slasher classic, Maniac.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 4/10

June 27, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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If it's possible to be both impressed and appalled by a movie's pull-no-punches savagery, Maniac earns that dubious distinction.

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

June 20, 2013
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

Perhaps the mannequin metaphor is best: though it's dressed to the nines, Maniac is ultimately just a piece of plastic

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013
Ian Buckwalter
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A remake that, rather than trying to fix the deep flaws of its source, just covers them in a shinier coat of paint.

Full Review Source: NPR | Original Score: 5/10

June 20, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Much of the film feels graphically real but I was never convinced that some of the girls would ever have trusted him in the first place.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

March 13, 2013
Paul Gallagher
The List

So needlessly graphic and explicitly violent from the outset that it ends up catering to the desires of a voyeuristic audience much more effectively than critiquing them.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 1/5

March 13, 2013
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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The sadistic proceedings here are pointless, and not very scary.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: .5/4

July 5, 2013
Jordan Hoffman

I would never argue that a movie should be banned or censored, but I firmly believe we should take directors like Khalfoun aside and tell him he's a hack, a phony and should be ashamed of himself.

Full Review Source: ScreenCrush | Original Score: 1/10

June 20, 2013
Mike Scott

Khalfoun generates a handful of moments of stomach-knotting intensity, but this ultimately a gimmick film -- and the gimmick doesn't work.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 1/5

June 28, 2013
Robert Levin

The POV approach makes the movie even harder to endure.

Full Review Source: amNewYork | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 24, 2013
Todd Gilchrist

The kind of empty brutality modern horror feebly disguises as unvarnished realism, Maniac offers a literal first-person perspective in an attempt to create either empathy or complicity, but instead generates only repulsion, or more often, boredom.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

June 24, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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By not centering on the victims, Mr. Khalfoun nearly makes the film about pitying the panic-prone killer; the camerawork lacks the ominous, confident glide of much Steadicam horror.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

June 20, 2013
Eric D. Snider

There's nothing about Maniac to set it apart from the countless other films about countless other psychos who kill countless other women.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 5, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Ever wonder what Frodo Baggins would be like as a serial killer?

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 0/5

June 20, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The film is exactly what it intends to be: the purest exploitational trash.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 21, 2013
Cole Smithey

An irredeemable exploitation horror movie that overplays its subjective POV conceit, "Maniac" will leave viewers cold.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

April 11, 2013
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

This Maniac may have artistic aspirations but it doesn't make the film any more palatable.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 1/5

March 15, 2013
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