Censor

2021, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 24m

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Occasionally uneven but bold and viscerally effective, Censor marks a bloody good step forward for British horror. Read critic reviews

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Film censor Enid takes pride in her meticulous work, guarding unsuspecting audiences from the deleterious effects of watching the gore-filled decapitations and eye gougings she pores over. Her sense of duty to protect is amplified by guilt over her inability to recall details of the long-ago disappearance of her sister, recently declared dead in absentia. When Enid is assigned to review a disturbing film from the archive that echoes her hazy childhood memories, she begins to unravel how this eerie work might be tied to her past.

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  • It's as much a movie about genre fandom as it is a genre movie, especially that find the phrase "Video Nasties" doubling as a Proustian Madeleine.

    June 18, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It sometimes feels like the film is so enamored of its mood and style that it forgets to prod the story along, but the mood and style are indeed worthy of savoring.

    June 16, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Achieves a very difficult balancing act of showing a character who makes choices that aren't really good choices, but because you can understand the state of her mind... You go with it.

    June 14, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Censor expertly uses color and style to blend atmospheric tension and suspense.

    June 14, 2021 | Full Review…
  • There are a number of compelling books about the Video Nasty scare -- two immediately come to mind: Kate Egan's Trash or Treasure and James Simpson's Video Nasty Mayhem -- but Censor works, too.

    June 11, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • As an experience of mood, tone, performance and dazzlingly macabre style, it's a striking and wholly original piece, a cinematic experience that has no obligation to offer the audience pat conclusions wrapped up in a tidy bow.

    June 11, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's as much a movie about genre fandom as it is a genre movie, especially that find the phrase "Video Nasties" doubling as a Proustian Madeleine.

    June 18, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It sometimes feels like the film is so enamored of its mood and style that it forgets to prod the story along, but the mood and style are indeed worthy of savoring.

    June 16, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Achieves a very difficult balancing act of showing a character who makes choices that aren't really good choices, but because you can understand the state of her mind... You go with it.

    June 14, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Censor expertly uses color and style to blend atmospheric tension and suspense.

    June 14, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Censor has a hallucinatory tone all its own, halfway between slasher movie and fairy tale.

    July 13, 2021 | Full Review…
  • While some scenes pay tribute to the retro horror genre, the gore factor is not the main source they feed from, challenging the viewers to see beyond that aspect.

    July 7, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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