Daniel Isn't Real Reviews

February 10, 2020
Daniel Isn't Real, directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer, has a few inventive bits of grisliness in its story of a student plagued by a Tyler Durdenish imaginary friend, but its way of putting a twist on its title is banal.
February 3, 2020
It's all an exercise in style over substance.
December 12, 2019
Daniel Isn't Real is strong in its technical efforts, but it suffers greatly from a messy script and a story that isn't sure of what it wants to be.
December 9, 2019
There's a fascinating idea lurking in this arthouse psycho-horror drama... And it's a bit of a shame that nothing really comes of that, as the film tips over into inventively rendered nastiness, but little more than that.
December 6, 2019
The moderately creepy premise is squandered by a disappointing series of final-act twists that steer toward genre conventions.
December 6, 2019
Daniel Isn't Real has plenty of ambition and there are little pleasures here and there, but much like its central character, it never quite manages to connect in a satisfying manner.
December 6, 2019
There's not much to Daniel Isn't Real beyond a cynical, generic coming-of-age story and a lot of unexamined second-hand ideas about creativity, empathy, and spirituality.
December 6, 2019
The third act of Daniel Isn't Real ... searches for an answer to the mystery of Daniel, and in unlocking it, the movie loses itself...
December 5, 2019
For a while the film fascinates; but it loses its way by descending into full horror-movie mode in the last half-hour.
December 4, 2019
Mortimer builds Daniel Isn't Real to a conclusion that, in concept, should be both tragic and terrifying. Here, it just feels perfunctory.
November 29, 2019
Its performatively extreme imagery thinly masks a rather banal view of male subjectivity and inner conflict.
August 12, 2019
This unfiltered dose of millennial angst needed a more adept conduit than this cartoonish misfire can muster.
April 8, 2019
It looked like Daniel Isn't Real might be a part of the solution to problematic portrayals of mental illness in horror, and what a shame that it wound up becoming a part of the problem.