Deliverance Reviews

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January 6, 2020
Well worth seeing.
January 6, 2020
It's quietly positive moments are stomped out by the pervasive brutality and uncompromising sadism.
October 9, 2019
...profoundly distasteful.
September 6, 2019
This gripping drama was a controversial release back in the early 70s, and its distressing intensity hasn't really diminished in the decades since.Just remember, once you go with its powerful flow, there ain't no turnin' back.
April 9, 2019
The movie casts a spell through images both ugly and beautiful, and other sounds, none of them really reflecting the idea of "nature in harmony." All here is dissonance, and the best one can do is find a thread of consolation within.
September 10, 2018
...an ecological, existential nightmare.
November 8, 2016
Classic '70s adventure has brutal, disturbing violence.
December 24, 2014
...an underwhelming adaptation of an underwhelming book.
August 19, 2014
Boorman's film still speaks to us in profound ways, as if to indicate hidden wisdom has long rested in frames glossed up by a once-shocking philosophy.
July 13, 2012
This powerful adaptation of James Dickey's best-selling novel finds director John Boorman establishing a sense of menace almost from the start, and the "squeal like a pig" sequence continues to haunt viewers even decades after the fact.
July 3, 2012
Boorman's interpretation of the material resulted in an American cinematic classic built not only on shock and awe, but emotional subtlety. [Blu-ray]
Top Critic
August 24, 2008
Each of the four lead performances is exceptional, none more so than Burt Reynolds' beefy, supercilious Lewis.
August 24, 2008
A sad, brilliant reminder that sometimes people are the most threatening monsters of all.
August 7, 2008
December 7, 2007
This is the most shocking and disturbing mainstream American horror film of the 1970s.
November 30, 2007
As coffin nails for the sixties go, this negation of all ideological idealism is a pretty final one.
September 24, 2007
No movie in the history of American cinema has struck fear in the hearts of men as Deliverance.
September 18, 2007
John Boorman's 1972 film of the James Dickey novel has a beautiful visual style that balances the film's machismo message.
September 18, 2007
Morose, shockingly violent yet strangely beautiful.
September 18, 2007
It's the stuff of which slapdash oaters and crime programmers are made but the obvious ambitions of Deliverance are supposed to be on a higher plane.
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