a film more suited to the bottom shelf of the DVD rental store, not the multiplex.
| Original Score: 1/5
Lean, nasty, and patently absurd, The Tortured plays like one long scream of agony.
No amount of plucked-off fingernails are going to fill this empty vessel with any semblance of a point.
| Original Score: 2/5
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....
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.
| Original Score: D+
Its clichés grow slightly funny. But not funny enough to make the endless torture scenes bearable.
| Original Score: 0/4
A sick abomination, an excuse to squeeze in an hour of torture between eighteen minutes of melodrama and schlock...
| Original Score: 0.5/4
A stupendously inane and pointless slice of revenge-based horror whose title might as well describe the audience watching it.
| Original Score: D-
A serviceable genre entry that is, admittedly, destined to leave non-horror fans absolutely cold.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
[It] suggests only that ferreting out new ways to inflict pain requires more imagination than anyone on hand realized.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Robert Lieberman's Perverted Justice advert spins its wheels with scene after scene impatiently cut like a montage sequence.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
The flick gets off on surgical slicings and an overall Fincheresque gloominess, the latter becoming an unwitting joke.
The torture-porn label would stick if wasn't so hard to imagine anyone getting much out of it.
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.
...a passable horror effort that remains a marginal cut above its direct-to-video brethren.