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Antiviral Reviews

May 11, 2013
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.
April 19, 2013
If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 18, 2013
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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.
January 30, 2013
'Antiviral' never wholly succeeds as either a surgical satire or a medical conspiracy thriller, and its tedious last third is like a diseased body dragging itself slowly to the grave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 12, 2012
A virtual panoply of high wooziness, replete with sweating, shakes, vomiting, rot-infected food and more needles piercing skin than rush hour at a free flu clinic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 11, 2012
Obviously influenced by his dad David's early work but also showing a strong personal style, Brandon Cronenberg's feature debut is a body-horror satire with a point - a needle point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 25, 2012
Although the climax feels like one last stab by Brandon to echo his father's legacy, the rest of the film suggests the promise of his own distinct, distressing career to come.
May 21, 2012
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, David Cronenberg should be feeling pretty chuffed with son Brandon's big-screen debut, a petri dish of high-concept perversity and cultural commentary teeming with lo-fi ickiness.