Another full unfaltering performance by a child. This time it's in a horror film.
A strange and agonizingly engrossing drama despite its repellent subject.
| Original Score: 3/4
There are no easy conclusions here - no explanations. Events unfold with a random, even black comic abandon.
| Original Score: 4/5
What interests Schleinzer is putting us inside Michael's head, even though we're repelled by his activities, and his no-frills approach works.
Like its protagonist, Michael is deliberate and very discreet. It shocks by suggestion, not by display.
A hermetically sealed creep-fest that seems to have no desire to be anything more than just that.
| Original Score: 2/5
A well-acted, otherwise tightly scripted movie that builds suspense with a series of unexpected twists and turns.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Michael is a clear-eyed depiction of the unthinkable, a view of inhumanity with zero psychologizing.
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.
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.