Michael Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
June 18, 2013
Another full unfaltering performance by a child. This time it's in a horror film.
Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
June 17, 2013
Objective, analytic, clinical, dispassionate-these are not words often used to describe something so engrossing and gripping.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
May 10, 2012
A strange and agonizingly engrossing drama despite its repellent subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
March 9, 2012
Intentionally unnerving from the first moments, it's a hard movie to watch, but it's also fantastically, agonizingly suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 4, 2012
Mostly the picture is blank, a credible series of scenes that invite us to make of it what we will.

Film4
March 2, 2012
A brave, unavoidably distressing debut from Markus Schleinzer, sensitively acted and directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
March 2, 2012
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.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
March 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 29, 2012
Impressively directed and superbly written, this is a powerful and chilling drama with a terrific central performance from Michael Fuith.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 29, 2012
There are no easy conclusions here - no explanations. Events unfold with a random, even black comic abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
February 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5

Scotsman
February 26, 2012
A mild-mannered Austrian paedophile imprisons a ten-year-old boy in his basement in Markus Schleinzer's chilly drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
February 23, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
February 21, 2012
The Banality of Evil gets full cinematic treatment in this skillfully made but unpleasant film.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
February 20, 2012
A courageous essay on the power of the childlike and the horror of dysfunctional adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Tom Dawson
Total Film
February 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 16, 2012
A fly-on-the-wall study of the behavior of a pedophile, "Michael" is a horror movie made up small moments.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 16, 2012
What interests Schleinzer is putting us inside Michael's head, even though we're repelled by his activities, and his no-frills approach works.
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