Videodrome Reviews

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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
August 4, 2015
Simultaneously stupefying and boring, Videodrome is too extreme a blunder to survive exposure to a justifiably disillusioned horror-movie public.
Nick Rogers
February 28, 2013
Here, Cronenberg is a provocateur only to a point - boldly striding past boundaries of comfort but getting the heebie-jeebies upon approaching true profundity. But he wasn't too far from figuring out which incisions could cut the deepest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 16, 2011 intriguing, deeply interesting film that over the course of almost three decades has acquired a prescient quality, but it's also schlock; a kind of cyberpunk rewrite of Network that indulges Cronenberg's taste for venereal horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Scott Weinberg
January 9, 2011
There's little denying that Cronenberg was way ahead of his time with much of Videodrome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Sean Axmaker
October 30, 2008
... Videodrome is as contemporary and relevant as ever.
Lucius Gore
June 19, 2008
[I]t stands out as one of Cronenberg's very best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
June 6, 2007
Film is dotted with video jargon and ideology which proves more fascinating than distancing. And Cronenberg amplifies the freaky situation with a series of stunning visual effects.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 6, 2007
David Cronenberg's most visionary and audacious film up to the time of its making, Videodrome is a fascinating rumination on humanity, technology, entertainment, sex, and politics that is virtually incomprehensible on first viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 6, 2007
Never coherent and frequently pretentious, the film remains an audacious attempt to place obsessive personal images before a popular audience -- a kind of Kenneth Anger version of Star Wars.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 3, 2007
Veers from being risible to sinister as it explores how viewers are brainwashed by TV.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Staci Layne Wilson
July 12, 2006
Videodrome is arguably one of Cronenberg's best horror films, and it holds up brilliantly.
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
January 26, 2006
There are distinct signs of strain in the plot convolutions, not least in the spectator's loss of faith over indiscriminate and cheating use of hallucination; what certainly survives is Cronenberg's wholesale disgust with the world in general.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 26, 2005
The director captures the worst-case scenario of what might happen at the dawn of the video era, going all the way back to our parents' warning us not to sit too close to the television.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
March 9, 2005
Underbaked, but you can't argue with its otherworldly aura. One disappointment: we don't get to see the belly-slit sex organs Baker designed for the never-used orgy finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Phil Freeman
September 29, 2004
By the time it reaches its...inevitable-feeling conclusion, 'Videodrome' has become more than a mere horror film--it's an indictment of everyone represented by its characters.
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 20, 2004
Cronenberg was ahead of his time with this gross-out horror flick.
| Original Score: B
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 1, 2004
Thematically, it connects easily with most other titles in the Cronenberg oeuvre, with the added treat of having been released far ahead of its time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Though Videodrome finally grows grotesque and a little confused, it begins very well and sustains its cleverness for a long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 22, 2004
It certainly sets the skin a-crawl, I'll give it that.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 12, 2003
A horror film of unusual substance and vision -- the first film from David Cronenberg that announced his true importance as a filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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