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.
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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
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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
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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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February 16, 2012
Like its protagonist, Michael is deliberate and very discreet. It shocks by suggestion, not by display.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 16, 2012
It's a chilling film about the routine business of unspeakable acts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 16, 2012
A hermetically sealed creep-fest that seems to have no desire to be anything more than just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 15, 2012
A well-acted, otherwise tightly scripted movie that builds suspense with a series of unexpected twists and turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 14, 2012
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.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 14, 2012
Michael is a clear-eyed depiction of the unthinkable, a view of inhumanity with zero psychologizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alissa Simon
Variety
September 9, 2011
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.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 8, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/4