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Demonlover Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 4, 2003
Demonlover is the kind of film that wants to make you feel stupid for not liking it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
What gets off to a promising start derails thoroughly due to confused plotting, lack of sympathetic characters and a pointless preoccupation with internet torture websites.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 20, 2003
I was struck by the complete lack of morality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Carroll
FilmStew.com
September 23, 2003
Gina Gershon, Chloe Sevigny, and Connie Nielsen each give the film far more effort than it provides them in return.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2002
While there is much to dislike in Demonlover, its imagery and characters are oddly compelling.
Nick Schager
Filmcritic.com
June 25, 2003
For all its smeared, trance-like beauty, Demonlover is a film determined to make no sense. As such, it's a rousing success.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 20, 2003
Meant to be a sleek, dark, disturbing David Cronenberg-style thriller, Olivier Assayas's film is just an annoying concoction.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 2, 2008
Rather than deepening the mystery and sense of intoxication, the picture soon becomes one prolonged and very bad hangover.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 29, 2003
demonlover looked like a promising return to Irma Vep territory, but instead it's merely a hopped-up, arty cover for a standard issue Hollywood thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com
September 18, 2003
Painted into a corner by his own concept, Assayas leaves us cold, vaguely paranoid, and ultimately none the wiser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
September 19, 2003
(The) score by art-punk band Sonic Youth really captures the essense of the film: It's deliberately abrasive, rapidly pulsing electronic black noise designed to put the viewer on edge but ultimately signifies nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
April 9, 2004
Though film buffs will like the many references, the story takes a back seat to the visuals, and images, no matter how sensational, can only carry a film so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 5, 2005
It ends up feeling like we arrived through a bad dream in Neverland.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 9, 2003
Demonlover is so incomprehensible that you can't readily accuse it of being anything but almost unwatchable.
Full Review | Original Score: D
October 10, 2003
It's a jumbled mess and you'd have to tie me up and gag me to make me sit through it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 30, 2005
...exhausting and mind-numbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
October 8, 2003
It's sort of like watching paint dry, except the paint has a Ph.D in comparative media studies.
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
March 30, 2004
While Assayas is masterful at creating an eerie mood and has a far-sighted grasp of future shock, he seems to have left orbit while trying to tie up Demonlover's loose ends
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff
March 11, 2003
You can spend half an hour thinking the characters have lost their minds, followed by 15 minutes thinking the filmmaker has lost his mind, followed by a final two minutes that kind of, sort of, maybe, put the pieces together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 20, 2003
Well-scripted, well-acted and occasionally sexy, but just isn't all that interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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