The Victim Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shockya.com
November 1, 2012
Extra helpings of off-kilter and off-key melodrama sink Michael Biehn's bewildering directorial debut, the nasty little down-and-dirty thriller The Victim.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
October 4, 2012
While it pains me to say unkind things about an actor I admire, I don't think Michael Biehn is destined to be a director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 20, 2012
The Victim is a film that will most likely be ignored by those who can't handle the explicit yet chilling prologue, but those who can survive it are in for an unexpectedly amusing sleazefest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
September 20, 2012
The Victim is a labor of love, and despite the thin narrative and low-budget shortcomings, the film makes for an interesting midnight movie. It's a bit light on humor, sans the film's amusing finale, but there's just enough here to keep genre fans smiling.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Devon Ashby
CraveOnline
September 20, 2012
Considering how little he had to work with and how harried the production schedule was, that the film plays as well as it does is truly impressive, despite occasional hiccups.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
September 13, 2012
Missing the point of what true grindhouse fans are looking for, don't expect much life to be found in this stale, monotonous, mind-numbing tale, making Biehn's audience the sole victim in this whole debacle
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/10
Paul Mount
Starburst
September 12, 2012
Despite its brief running time it could do with a little tightening up... but as an homage to a very particular style of filmmaking it's a quiet, commendable triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott McKellar
The Skinny
September 12, 2012
Despite a story that flatlines too often and a last second twist that comes too late, this is still a nice first effort from Biehn who clearly has more to give us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
September 8, 2012
The Victim isn't so much a classic-style horror movie - it's more a crime thriller - but fans of the genre will probably enjoy the sex, drugs, and death scenes.
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
August 31, 2012
with so many longueurs, meandering repetitions and futile flashbacks, you will easily find yourself drifting, no longer seeing the trees for all the wood - and wooden acting.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
August 25, 2012
A disappointingly self-indulgent offering from veteran character actor-turned-writer-director Michael Biehn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 24, 2012
Seems determined to stick with mediocrity, resembling a production that was more interested in surviving the filmmaking process than creatively participating in genre demands.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 24, 2012
Dreadfully paced, with the shoddy acting of everyone but Biehn magnified to punishing degrees in talky, lengthy, predictable scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 23, 2012
Labeling a film grind house doesn't excuse soap-opera emoting and laughable dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 23, 2012
This is the kind of junky, hard-to-watch thriller that apologists claim is part of a long line of tough, grindhouse-style thrillers, but which is actually just amateurish gristle.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
August 21, 2012
It is dreary to envisage the viewer who could become emotionally involved in The Victim ...
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
August 20, 2012
Not much happens in The Victim, but the events that do manage to transpire consistently support a reading of the film as an older man's fantasy of virility.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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