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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Reviews

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Clancy Sigel
The Spectator
September 28, 2015
Nauseated and shaken, I walked out of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre after half an hour of its butchery.
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Chris Peachment
Time Out
October 14, 2014
This abattoir of a movie boasts sledgehammers, meathooks and chainsaws, and the result, though not especially visceral, is noisy, relentless, and about as subtle as having your leg sawed off without anaesthetic.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 3, 2006
The movie is some kind of weird, off-the-wall achievement. I can't imagine why anyone would want to make a movie like this, and yet it's well-made, well-acted, and all too effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
May 12, 2003
| Original Score: 0/5
David Keyes
November 3, 2015
My personal philosophy remains unmoved by skill and prowess when it comes to an idea this drastic. A chainsaw is a cheater's instrument, a device that disrupts all threads of rhythm and psychology.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
July 27, 2006
Cultish trash set new low standards for brutality.
| Original Score: 1/5
Sophie Morris
Independent (UK)
October 9, 2012
Chainsaw-wielding Leatherface remains one of the most disturbing characters in horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Pratt
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Best for older teens and adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
May 24, 2003
...the only other film to truly capture that uniquely unsettling promise of Romero's first zombie epic was Tobe Hooper's absolutely perverted directorial debut...
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 7, 2013
Time has not dimmed the shock value of this seminal classic from director Tobe Hooper that's based on the same real-life case that inspired Psycho.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
October 20, 2014
Tobe Hooper's grindhouse masterpiece abounds in snuff ambience and cacophonous trauma
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
The documentary-style approach is what pushes this flick over the top; it's a grim and glorious classic of modern horror.
| Original Score: 5/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
November 6, 2008
All these elements set the stage for some of the most prolonged scenes of sustained panic ever captured by cinema, as Hooper infects characters and viewers alike with the thrill of a madness from which there can be no real escape.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
March 28, 2003
It defies all efforts at criticism. Condemning it misses the point, while praising it assumes a proper context in which to place it. It simply is, beyond all notions of taste or judgment.
| Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 1, 2008
It's a masterpiece, pure and simple..a smart young director summing up the basest instincts of his species.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Rob Gonsalves
August 3, 2007
The Great American Horror Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rebecca Murray
March 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
April 26, 2015
No matter how many filmmakers have attempted to recreate the all-out insanity of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," very few have even come close.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 15, 2007
Seeing this again recently has convinced me that it's quite a bit better than I initially judged.
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