Maniac Reviews

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Mary Clare Waireri
Fan The Fire
March 17, 2013
It's not enough to just mimic exploitation cinema, swallow its misogynistic conventions uncritically and call it an homage.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
June 18, 2013
The genre is adolescent as hell, reckless and pre-empathetic, picking on girls just to see what their reactions might be.
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
March 12, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Jonah Flicker
Paste Magazine
June 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/10
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
June 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: C+
Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013
Perhaps the mannequin metaphor is best: though it's dressed to the nines, Maniac is ultimately just a piece of plastic
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June 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
March 13, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Paul Gallagher
The List
March 13, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
July 5, 2013
The sadistic proceedings here are pointless, and not very scary.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Jordan Hoffman
June 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/10
Mike Scott
June 28, 2013
Khalfoun generates a handful of moments of stomach-knotting intensity, but this ultimately a gimmick film -- and the gimmick doesn't work.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robert Levin
June 24, 2013
The POV approach makes the movie even harder to endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Todd Gilchrist
June 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
June 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
August 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 20, 2013
Ever wonder what Frodo Baggins would be like as a serial killer?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 21, 2013
The film is exactly what it intends to be: the purest exploitational trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
April 11, 2013
An irredeemable exploitation horror movie that overplays its subjective POV conceit, "Maniac" will leave viewers cold.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
March 15, 2013
This Maniac may have artistic aspirations but it doesn't make the film any more palatable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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