• Unrated, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Markus Schleinzer
    In Theaters:
    Feb 15, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    May 15, 2012
  • Strand Releasing
  • Michael
    1 minutes 58 seconds
    Added: Aug 25, 2011

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Michael Reviews

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Tom Dawson
Total Film

Haneke fans will be impressed by this rigorous, finely acted study of a suburban paedophile. Skillfully avoiding sensationalism, it nonetheless compels the viewer to contemplate the banality of evil.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 20, 2012
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

A fly-on-the-wall study of the behavior of a pedophile, "Michael" is a horror movie made up small moments.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A-

February 16, 2012
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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What interests Schleinzer is putting us inside Michael's head, even though we're repelled by his activities, and his no-frills approach works.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

February 16, 2012
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com

convincing as a character study to the point of disconcertment

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

February 16, 2012
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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Like its protagonist, Michael is deliberate and very discreet. It shocks by suggestion, not by display.

Full Review Source: NPR

February 16, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It's a chilling film about the routine business of unspeakable acts.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

February 16, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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A hermetically sealed creep-fest that seems to have no desire to be anything more than just that.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 16, 2012
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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A well-acted, otherwise tightly scripted movie that builds suspense with a series of unexpected twists and turns.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 15, 2012
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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This coldly compelling film doesn't try to explain Michael's behavior or analyze his disease. As if doing penance for Michael's sins, it eventually metes out unequivocal punishment, but it is small consolation.

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

February 14, 2012
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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Schleinzer approaches his subject not as an investigator, but as though covering up a crime scene and scrubbing it of anything that might provide insight or empathy or psychological traction.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 14, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Michael is a clear-eyed depiction of the unthinkable, a view of inhumanity with zero psychologizing.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

February 14, 2012
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Markus Schleinzer turns the film's victim into little more than a kicking, screaming cipher whose sufferings, while not exploited, are nonetheless diminished to the stuff of clinical observation.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 12, 2012
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

We never get too close to Michael, but one suspects this may be a good thing.

Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You

November 6, 2011
Alissa Simon
Variety
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Illustrating the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion, Michael takes a coolly nonjudgmental, non-psychological approach to a disturbing topic.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 9, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Dreadful as the subject matter is, the authenticity of the performances and the skill of Schleinzer's filmmaking are difficult to deny in this portrait of a monster as the bland guy next door.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 8, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

[The] performances are truly strong, and the brilliant epilogue (which I don't dare spoil) reminds us that even though Michael is an inhuman monster, he still has a mother and family that love him very much.

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

August 17, 2011
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

The film was so expertly constructed that I found myself drawn into it and fascinated by what I saw.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2011
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