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The Tortured (2012)

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Average Rating: 1.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
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Craig and Elise had all the ingredients for an ideal life: a great marriage, a wonderful five-year-old son, a charming home and a bright future. Then, on one sunny day, their perfect world is irrevocably shattered . Leaving their five year old son, Ben, alone for only a moment, Craig is horrified to see him being abducted from their own front yard. Sadly, the desperate police search for the kidnapper proves to be in vain when the child is found dead. Months later, a chance tip leads police to

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (16)

Its clichés grow slightly funny. But not funny enough to make the endless torture scenes bearable.

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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[It] suggests only that ferreting out new ways to inflict pain requires more imagination than anyone on hand realized.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Ugh.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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It's a revolting horror film that wastes the talents and good looks of Erika Christensen and Jesse Metcalfe in favor of severed penises and other violent atrocities performed on a kitchen table.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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The torture-porn label would stick if wasn't so hard to imagine anyone getting much out of it.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The flick gets off on surgical slicings and an overall Fincheresque gloominess, the latter becoming an unwitting joke.

June 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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A stupendously inane and pointless slice of revenge-based horror whose title might as well describe the audience watching it.

July 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
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The title is an apropos description of audiences who sit through this inept low-budget psychological thriller, which would be considered tasteless if it weren't so incompetent.

June 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Robert Lieberman's Perverted Justice advert spins its wheels with scene after scene impatiently cut like a montage sequence.

June 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's an angry picture, but that dependable sense of rage doesn't carry through to the end. Instead, the effort dissolves into a strange genre predictability.

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

No amount of plucked-off fingernails are going to fill this empty vessel with any semblance of a point.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

A serviceable genre entry that is, admittedly, destined to leave non-horror fans absolutely cold.

March 29, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

a film more suited to the bottom shelf of the DVD rental store, not the multiplex.

October 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

...a passable horror effort that remains a marginal cut above its direct-to-video brethren.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

A sick abomination, an excuse to squeeze in an hour of torture between eighteen minutes of melodrama and schlock...

October 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

while it may cover a range of thorny issues surrounding crime and punishment, few would accuse this film of subtlety... from its tell-you-how-to-feel soundtrack to its in-your-face editing....

September 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
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Audience Reviews for The Tortured

Director Robert Lieberman crafts a torture porn revenge flick that has some sketchy but at times pretty decent performances. As far as the film is concerned, it's a decent low-budget horror outing that could have been so much better than what it turned out to be. There is so many ways that they could have made a powerful revenge horror film with these ingredients, however there's something not quite right with the way the film was executed. If the film's script could have been rewritten a bit, and its structure been refined, then you'd have a compelling and memorable horror yarn. What you have here is a film that doesn't take enough risks, while trying g to shock as much as it can. Considering the film's premise, you'd expect something exciting, thrilling and ultimately unforgettable. The Tortured in the end is just like every other Torture Porn horror film out there. Although the film's idea is very good and interesting, there's no real pay off in the end. Overall this is a decent and at times entertaining film, but it leaves a lot to be desired out of its plot. The film doesn't do anything different or refreshing in this genre of horror, and it's clear to see that this genre has run out of ideas. If you want a great revenge flick similar to this one, but that is not a horror film, watch Law Abiding Citizen. However in the end, The Tortured is a film that is just worth seeing once, and doesn't necessitate multiple viewings.
November 2, 2012
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Compared to films such as "Saw" and "Hostel" as it is, this one is a hard film to judge. The acting from the off wasn't great and the immediate reaction here is that it's a film with pretty people in it. As the story unfolds, it really questions all parents out there, what would they do in this situation and where would you draw the line?

Graphic in it's torture, it's not a film for everyone, the torture itself is pretty realistic.

Like the twist though - didn't see it coming.
January 28, 2011
76Majikat

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A wretched, hyper-edited, hysterical mess, put together in such a way that every artifice jumps out of the screen.
June 4, 2012
danieljparsons

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    1. Craig: My son has been kidnapped!
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Elise: [crying] Whoever has my little boy please don't hurt him. Please.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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