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Descent Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 4, 2011
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
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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+
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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
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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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
July 31, 2007
You'll want to avert your eyes from this intense and intensely unpleasant drama about rape and revenge.
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John Anderson
Variety
July 31, 2007
[Rosario Dawson] could have provided a 100-minute closeup and revealed more about human nature and anguish than all of Descent.