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Antiviral is well-crafted body horror, packed with interesting -- if not entirely subtle -- ideas.



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Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own body. When he becomes infected with the disease that kills super sensation Hannah Geist, Syd becomes a target for collectors and rabid fans. He must unravel the mystery surrounding her death before he suffers the same fate. (c) Official Site

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Sarah Gadon
as Hannah Geist
Douglas Smith
as Edward Porris
Malcolm McDowell
as Dr. Abendroth
Lisa Berry
as Lucas Clinic Receptionist
Wendy Crewson
as Mira Tesser
Sheila McCarthy
as Dev Harvey
Adam Bogen
as Lucas Clinic Security Guard
Nenna Abuwa
as Aria Noble
Donna Goodhand
as Woman in Waiting Room
Matt Watts
as Mercer
Katie Bergin
as Talk Show Host
Reid Morgan
as Derek Lessing
Tedd Dillon
as Hotel Guard
Milton Barnes
as Vole & Tesser Employee
Josh Holliday
as Male Client
Jennifer Mote
as Levine's Receptionist
James Cade
as Levine
Lady Vezina
as Famous Woman
Kim Ly
as West
Raul Tome
as Landlord
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Critic Reviews for Antiviral

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (32)

  • How sick can fans of a celebrity get? Very, answers "Antiviral." Imagine fan fetish culture metastasizing. A pox on consumers and capitalists alike, Brandon Cronenberg sneers.

    May 11, 2013 | Full Review…
  • If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.

    Apr 19, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The pace is uneven, the energy sluggish (even the arrival of Malcolm McDowell in the third act doesn't pep things up) and the film feels overlong.

    Apr 18, 2013 | Rating: 2/4
  • What Jones hasn't been given is a character to play. Syd is a cipher, neither sympathetic nor hateful, nor even interestingly human.

    Apr 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Eventually the clammy spell of this handsomely designed but solemnly paced movie begins to wear off, and you long for a little action or at least some fresh air.

    Apr 11, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • Before long, the aggressive sleekness of Antiviral becomes its own kind of ennui.

    Apr 11, 2013 | Full Review…

    Stephanie Zacharek

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Antiviral

  • Dec 07, 2015
    A savvy filmmaker still needs a decent script. Cronenberg has more talent in his little finger than a school full of trained hacks, but the story here? Meh, not so much. It could've used more gell time maybe (as the ideas are sound sci-fi, no doubt). I'll be looking for more from this guy in the future.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2015
    David Cronenberg's kid does a pretty good job, especially considering it's his first feature. The world takes precedence over clarity of story, but so long as that's not the sort of thing that phases you, then I'd definitely recommend this dark satirical sci-fi.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2015
    Antiviral is not easy to characterize or rate. After the first half hour, I thought I would be rating it up. It begins more sci-fi than horror with a look into a concept world (a kind of dystopia that people living in consider normal). From there it becomes less about the ideas and more a typical corporate thriller. The plot falls off and does not hold attention. Still, it is an interesting film that can be recommended to both fans of sci-fi and art house, though be warned that it has a fair amount of non-violent / psychological horror.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2015
    In "Antiviral," you must excuse Syd March(Caleb Landry Jones) for feeling ill today. He has injected a celebrity virus into himself, in order to get it past security at the clinic where he works, so he can sell it on the black market. Luckily for him, he is not the worker who gets caught smuggling. So, he gets promoted to pay a house call to Hannah Geist(Sarah Gadon) to collect her latest virus. Admittedly, "Antiviral" does have a creepy atmosphere and a creepier Malcolm McDowell. But its story really does not add up to much. However, it does have one truly great idea. Which is that celebrity culture is in fact a very contagious and dangerous virus. After all, Bill Hicks did say that humanity is a virus with shoes.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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