River's Edge (1987)
Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 5
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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 8,693
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The triumph of this bleak, unsettling picture is that, no matter how grim it gets, it's far too involving for you to turn away.
River's Edge is a contemporary horror story about teen-agers, but it contains no slasher scenes or serial homicides. Its monsters are all too real.
It's more a success than a failure, if only because the confusions are so protean.
There are some good, frightening scenes of volatile lunacy, but the whole thing badly lacks a controlling distance and perspective.
A powerful sociological film on white teenage alienation in small-town America, that is even more amazing that it's based on an actual event.
One of the most haunting films of the 1980s, River's Edge looks at a suburban, postpunk generation which has no causes, no morals, no feelings, and, worst of all, no future.
Based on an actual incident in Northern California, Tim Hunter's controversial indie addresses the growing alienation and moral vacancy among youths growing up in drug-oriented and media-saturated society; Keanu Reeves is perfectly cast.
A Film you'll never forget....Crispin Glover and Ione Skye are unforgettable
Disturbing, overlooked, excellent film.
One of the most chilling portraits of misguided youth put to film.
Probes the breakdown of moral fiber in one community and its tragic results.
Beautifully photographed by Frederick Elmes, the visuals are often at odds with the barreness at the movie's core.
Unflinching, tough, rough and fascinating.
A creepy, powerful, and underseen picture that features some virtuoso performances.
still holds the power to unsettle and disturb
Audience Reviews for River's Edge
- Samson "John" Tollette: She was dead there in front of me and I felt so fucking ALIVE! Funny thing is, I'm dead now.
- Jim: Look, you're the mother here. I didn't give birth to the monsters.
- Feck: I mean, you kill a person, they don't let you forget it. They stick after you like ghosts. They don't believe you when you say you're sorry. They want you to pay somehow.
- Layne: Thanks for the weed!
- Feck: Cat's have claws!
- Layne: What do you think this car runs on..God's own methane?
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