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Descent Reviews

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Prairie Miller
November 11, 2007
Revenge is less than sweet, to say the least, in particular for the audience, veering between sickening and pathetically pornographic.
Michael Dequina
August 19, 2007
Dawson, armed not with a whole lot of dialogue but her endlessly eloquent face, makes each note of the character's journey pierce, whether with pain or ecstasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 15, 2007
It's been a while since we saw a demagogic feminist exploitation revenge drama, and Descent, while top-heavy with 'agenda,' is shrewdly done.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
August 15, 2007
Sludgy and slack [...] pointlessly vague and abstruse.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 14, 2007
Though a clearly gifted new filmmaker, Lugacy doesn't get a handle on the combustible material, and she gets scalded in the process.
| Original Score: C+
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 12, 2007
Ugliness of story, character and technique cannot hold a movie audience and do more harm than good towards seeking a professed corrective.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 11, 2007
A hollow fabrication in the pursuit of someone's sick idea of redemption. I didn't pay to see it... but I want my wasted time back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 10, 2007
There's too much arty writhing and too little concrete character development.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 10, 2007
Look-at-me-I'm-a-filmmaker photography, pacing that has all the thrills of waiting in line at the post office and an utterly predictable plot combine to make the movie even worse than the hacky chick revenge fantasy now showing on channel 186 of your box.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 10, 2007
No moviegoer has done anything to deserve the images that director Talia Lugacy would throw in their face.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
August 10, 2007
[Dramatizes] the experience and the psychological aftermath of rape with a vividness I've never seen in an American film.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Orndorf
August 9, 2007
Descent is the head-slappingly awful picture that turns rape into a comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Joshua Tyler
August 9, 2007
The movie is just a vicious, pathetic excuse for Lugacy to live out her own twisted hate-fantasies on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Norm Schrager
August 9, 2007
"an exercise in human soullessness."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 9, 2007
There's a potentially groundbreaking story lurking somewhere in Descent, but it stops at the revenge, thereby robbing us of what might have been a vitally important moviegoing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
August 9, 2007
It's indie provocation trapped between shock and blah.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Cole Smithey
August 9, 2007
Apart from its obvious exploitation element and disjointed second act, the movie achieves a cool momentum by sheer force of the intimate power play that takes place over the course of a slow build-up toward its sex-schock finale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew O'Hehir
August 9, 2007
It's a lot like a '70s exploitation movie, with its determination to seduce and shock the viewer with alternating currents of electrical stimulus, and its weird combination of arty arch-decadence and neo-Victorian moralizing.
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
August 7, 2007
A well-acted trifle straining to be a hard-hitting morality play.
Kam Williams
Black Star News
August 7, 2007
Rosario Dawson exhibits a previously unseen range, here, more than meeting the challenge of the most emotionally-demanding role of her career.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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