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Antiviral Reviews

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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
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April 11, 2013
Before long, the aggressive sleekness of Antiviral becomes its own kind of ennui.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
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
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
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.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
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+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 9, 2013
Cronenberg achieves a kind of heightened reality that does not resemble the real world but possesses its own internal logic.
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Justin Chang
Variety
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.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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
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William Goss
Film.com
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.
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
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.