Deliverance Reviews

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January 6, 2020
Well worth seeing.
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.
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 16, 2007
This ultra-violent powerful adventure, which deals with serious, metaphysical issues of survival and civilization vs. wilderness, boasts eerie images and awesome sounds.
September 6, 2007
It's a movie of contrasts, the primary one emphasizing the differences between modern Man, with his impulse to change things, and primal Nature, with its pristine beauty.
August 27, 2007
This man-versus-nature story is also about man indulging his most uncivilized instincts, and in their various ways the four men on the canoe trip are transformed.
January 26, 2006
It's a haunting, nightmarish vision.
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