Antiviral

2013

Antiviral

Critics Consensus

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

66%

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Reviews Counted: 91

40%
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User Ratings: 5,946

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40%
Average Rating: 2.9/5

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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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Cast

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 (91) | Top Critics (19)

  • 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

    NPR
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Antiviral

½

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

½

In the near future, fans will pay good money to be infected with a herpes simplex virus extracted from their favorite celebrity. Syd is in the business of supplying these bugs, but when he tries out the blood of the world's hottest model on himself, he accidentally infects himself with a fatal virus. Simultaneously trying to be science fiction, satire, body horror and a psychological thriller, ANTIVIRAL has a lot of moving parts that don't always mesh together; its wickedly interesting ideas and an excess of style help smooth over the many rough patches, though.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

Strange, sterile little film. Very impressed with Caleb Jones, he has a Michael Pitt air to him which lends well to the character. The movie has something to say about celebrity obsession, although I think (hope) we have not quite got to the point of worshipping a celebrity so much you would pay to be infected with a virus they had or eat meat genetically made from them, as is shown here. I would like to watch this one again before commenting further. It is beautifully filmed, but is not entirely accessible on first view.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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