• 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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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Another full unfaltering performance by a child. This time it's in a horror film.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 18, 2013
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Objective, analytic, clinical, dispassionate-these are not words often used to describe something so engrossing and gripping.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 17, 2013
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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A strange and agonizingly engrossing drama despite its repellent subject.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 10, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Michael does have undeniable moral purpose. It forces us to ponder the way society chooses - another easy option - to comfortingly reclassify such perpetrators as monsters.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 19, 2012
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

Intentionally unnerving from the first moments, it's a hard movie to watch, but it's also fantastically, agonizingly suspenseful.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 4/5

March 9, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Mostly the picture is blank, a credible series of scenes that invite us to make of it what we will.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 4, 2012

Film4

A brave, unavoidably distressing debut from Markus Schleinzer, sensitively acted and directed.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 2, 2012
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Michael has been forged in the Haneke mould, treating its incendiary material with an aloof, banalising calm and withholding any overt judgment or moral standpoint.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies

March 2, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

Schleinzer could hardly have chosen a more difficult subject, but he treats it with an unnerving simplicity, shorn of sensationalism or obvious moral cues.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2012
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian

The film is not merely a chilling insight into the day-to-day banality of evil, but also an unbearably suspenseful and tense drama.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 5/5

March 1, 2012
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a powerful and chilling drama with a terrific central performance from Michael Fuith.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

February 29, 2012
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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There are no easy conclusions here - no explanations. Events unfold with a random, even black comic abandon.

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

February 29, 2012
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine

As horrifying and hard to watch as you'd expect a paedophile's-eye view of life to be. It's neither sensationalist nor trite, and the questions it asks are intelligent and thoughtful.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

February 27, 2012

Scotsman

A mild-mannered Austrian paedophile imprisons a ten-year-old boy in his basement in Markus Schleinzer's chilly drama.

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

February 26, 2012
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny

This chilly, matter-of-fact portrait of a pedophile is as hard hitting as any tabloid hysteria. No solutions or explanations are offered, but sometimes nightmares are beyond comprehension.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

February 23, 2012
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

The Banality of Evil gets full cinematic treatment in this skillfully made but unpleasant film.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 21, 2012
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A courageous essay on the power of the childlike and the horror of dysfunctional adulthood.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

February 20, 2012
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
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