The Loved Ones Reviews

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
October 14, 2014
All the performances are good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
October 14, 2014
The pacing is choppy but Byrne serves a thick, satisfying stew of savagery and surprise sympathy, generously flavoured by lashings of black humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
October 8, 2013
The torture-porn genre gets a Day-Glo makeover in this hilariously deranged Ocker shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Meredith Borders
Birth.Movies.Death.
April 3, 2013
Sean Byrne has established himself as one hell of a guy to watch with his first feature film, delivering something bright, brand new and deeply felt.
Craig Skinner
HeyUGuys
January 8, 2013
The Loved Ones has a lot to offer in wit, style and entertainment and I can highly recommend it.
Mark H. Harris
About.com
January 8, 2013
The Loved Ones is a breath of fresh air for the so-called "torture porn" sub-genre of horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
January 8, 2013
I kinda dug the flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
January 8, 2013
It's a terrifying masterpiece that turns high school drama into a literal dead zone.
Brian Salisbury
Film School Rejects
January 8, 2013
The most severe violence in the film is tempered by moments of effective dark humor.
David Baldwin
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
There is clearly a lot of ambition to The Loved Ones and the near-brilliant leading performances help make the film a unique and terrifying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
September 8, 2012
It's got heart, gore, suspense, and an unusual family-style drama you won't likely forget... and Lola is a terrific character: pretty scary in pink!
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 4, 2012
The Loved Ones constantly moves in unexpected directions.
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
June 1, 2012
Moviegoers with an aversion to violence will stay away, but genre buffs with a taste for the extreme should ensure healthy ticket sales.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
June 1, 2012
There's enough genuine tension and imagination to provide some shocks and visceral chills.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 31, 2012
Those with a fondness for cinematic evildoing might find themselves richly entertained by this macabre feature, which somehow manages the finer points of grief and festering wounds with exceptional directorial skill.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
May 31, 2012
Sean Byrne endows his rote slasher material with the kind of blackly comic wit and levity that virtually guarantee its entry into the contemporary midnight-movie canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
May 31, 2012
Horror fans are going to love this, but those who recognize a filmmaking skill to go along with the gore may appreciate it even more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Fennell
Triple J
November 10, 2010
Edible roadkill, Frontal lobotomies, teenage psychopaths and Kasey Chambers music....Precisely what every school dance should feature, right? A surprising, fast, stylised Aussie torture porn.
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
November 5, 2010
It's a well made film. One for the gore fans.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
November 3, 2010
Australian horror film The Loved Ones proves that it is the quiet ones you have to watch out for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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