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Antiviral Reviews

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April 17, 2013
As a piss-take of society's shallow fascination with Kardashian-like nobodies, Antiviral is coolly effective, but there's little insight into the psychology that drives normal people to fixate on such 'celebrities'.
April 16, 2013
Sick, stomach-churning, satirical sci-fi - and the many distastefully visceral syringe scenes are not for the squeamish.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
April 15, 2013
A slick, vapid thriller. Cronenberg has style and flair, but his all-too-obvious ideas about fame leave us with caricatures, not characters.
April 13, 2013
"Antiviral" is interesting for the first ten or fifteen minutes before it digresses into a slough. Boredom is the death of any movie, and this one will bore you to tears.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 13, 2013
Brandon Cronenberg makes a striking debut for his first feature, following on the heels of his famous father while blazing his own career trail.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 12, 2013
Syd's would-be rebellion from this sick world is rendered toothless, largely because Cronenberg spends most of his film discussing how cool and complex the rules are, and how to break them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 12, 2013
What Jones hasn't been given is a character to play. Syd is a cipher, neither sympathetic nor hateful, nor even interestingly human.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 11, 2013
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 11, 2013
Before long, the aggressive sleekness of Antiviral becomes its own kind of ennui.
April 11, 2013
It seems the poisoned apple doesn't fall far from the rotting tree.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 11, 2013
The movie can be repulsive at times, but Cronenberg is more interested in ideas than in blood and guts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 10, 2013
Papa Cronenberg must be proud, but be advised: If there's a blood test in your future, book it before seeing this movie.
April 10, 2013
It's exactly the oddball and crooked tale you'd want and expect from a Cronenberg with all the gratuitous blood, pus, bone and multiple closeups of needles piercing skin you could ask for. Dad would be proud.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 10, 2013
Cronenberg fils, though, while sharing dad's bodily fixations, exhibits other influences from his Kubriakian art direction (white minimalism) to Lynchian imagery (red drapes and blurred head shots)...star Landry Jones compels in a breakout role.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 10, 2013
The younger Cronenberg has made a derivative exercise in body horror that plays as little more than low rent Cronenberg pastiche.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 9, 2013
The whole movie feels like a case of the sweats, putting you in desperate need of the chicken soup of recognizable human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 9, 2013
Cronenberg achieves a kind of heightened reality that does not resemble the real world but possesses its own internal logic.
April 8, 2013
Antiviral never builds the sort of character investment or narrative momentum that would allow its visceral horrors to seriously disturb, rather than seeming like choice gross-out moments lovingly designed for maximum viewer recoil.
April 8, 2013
Cronenberg's directing style is elegant, all shiny surfaces and sleek camera moves, until the horror begins; then the film turns as dark and as bloody as the physical decay of its star-obsessed characters.
April 7, 2013
A one-joke movie--a good joke, yes, but Brandon Cronenberg's agenda clouds the clarity that's needed to fully deliver the punchline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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