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Poison Reviews

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Repellent in a way few films ever have been
| Original Score: 0/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
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

TV Guide
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 29, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
May 22, 2004
Todd Haynes boldly announces himself as a force to be reckoned with.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 9, 2010
I could have done without the designer prison, but most of the other stylistic conceits work.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 20, 2007
A very tough, queasy film, but extremely powerful and a strong feature debut for Haynes.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Todd Haynes' Poison is a conceptually bold, stylistically audacious first feature, a compelling study of different forms of deviance.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Compelling and quirkily intelligent; Genet, one feels, would have been impressed.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
February 16, 2010
captures the spirit of Genet's work
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
July 22, 2003
The overall effect shows a born director following his creative instincts fearlessly.
Full Review| Original Score: B
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
November 9, 2010
Arguably the strongest American debut feature of the '90s.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 13, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
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
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David Ansen
March 31, 2008
Boldly self conscious, Poison switches channels among its three stylistically varied but thematically linked tales with cumulative, claustrophobic power.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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