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Poison Reviews

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February 28, 2002
The stories don't really work together, and Haynes attempts to compensate by intermingling them, trying to force viewers to see patterns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 2, 2003
Repellent in a way few films ever have been
| Original Score: 0/5
January 1, 2000
Its effect, as a whole, is like that of an especially vile infection; it moves diabolically through your system, spreading fever and nausea as it goes.
May 20, 2003
The movie needs to evoke more than the ghost of Genet to give it resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 9, 2010
An exercise in cinema of ideas that, while audacious and occasionally compelling, is ultimately less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 22, 2004
Todd Haynes boldly announces himself as a force to be reckoned with.
| Original Score: 4/5
November 9, 2010
I could have done without the designer prison, but most of the other stylistic conceits work.
November 20, 2007
A very tough, queasy film, but extremely powerful and a strong feature debut for Haynes.
March 26, 2009
Todd Haynes' Poison is a conceptually bold, stylistically audacious first feature, a compelling study of different forms of deviance.
February 9, 2006
Compelling and quirkily intelligent; Genet, one feels, would have been impressed.
August 17, 2003
A mysterious, funny, sexy, and scary triptych; each film works beautifully on its own, and even better in relation to the others.
| Original Score: 5/5
February 16, 2010
captures the spirit of Genet's work
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 22, 2003
The overall effect shows a born director following his creative instincts fearlessly.
Full Review| Original Score: B
November 9, 2010
Arguably the strongest American debut feature of the '90s.
January 1, 2000
"The whole world is dying of panicky fright" are the words that open the movie. Poison makes the fear palpable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 13, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
October 9, 2006
Haynes' brilliant feature debut is a triptych of visually divergent episodes, each set in a wolrd dying of panicky fright. Of the three tales, my favorite is "Horror," a poignant parody of b/w movies shot in slightly exaggerated noir vein.
Full Review | Original Score: A
March 31, 2008
Boldly self conscious, Poison switches channels among its three stylistically varied but thematically linked tales with cumulative, claustrophobic power.
April 5, 1991
What's truly revolutionary about this filmmaker -- his perverse, ironic humanity -- is only intermittently on display in this quasi-provocative formalist knickknack
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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