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Poison Reviews

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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.
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
November 9, 2010
Arguably the strongest American debut feature of the '90s.
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Variety Staff
Variety
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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David Ansen
Newsweek
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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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Compelling and quirkily intelligent; Genet, one feels, would have been impressed.
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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
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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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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-