Everly Reviews

June 26, 2015
Lynch shows some visual flair with a few clever, Tarantino-like touches but the film overall is a deadening and claustrophobic experience, in which the human interest diminishes as rapidly as the body count rises.
June 25, 2015
Salma Hayek stars in what must be the most distasteful and exploitative film of the year so far.
June 25, 2015
A gruelling gimmick thriller, pitched at dead-eyed graduates of the Matthew Vaughn school of cinematic sociopathy.
June 25, 2015
If it were an exam paper, you'd scrunch the whole thing up into a ball and throw it back at the overconfident poser who'd just submitted it. Preferably on fire.
March 5, 2015
The film's brutality - which includes not only the murder of a dog but also a fetishization of torture that borders on porn - is so excessive, even if tongue-in-cheek, that it leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
February 27, 2015
If the film does anything right, it reminds us that now-48-year-old Hayek is one heck of a forceful presence when she is allowed to be.
February 26, 2015
Feels precision-engineered for a morally torn fanboy who likes the idea of female empowerment but needs it served with a heavy dose of torture porn and glistening flesh.
February 26, 2015
Salma Hayek plays a sex slave turned killer in this stylish but lumbering actioner.
February 26, 2015
What on earth is Salma Hayek doing starring in this exploitative, junky piece of torture trash?
February 26, 2015
There's the pervasive feeling that this is a prefab cult film that doesn't need to try too hard, instead offering cosmetic variations from a very limited playbook of gestures meant to provoke Pavlovian cries of "Awesome!"
Top Critic
February 26, 2015
A smorgasbord of pornography masquerading as violence, Everly is so repugnant and pointless there were times when I wanted to call for help.
February 25, 2015
[Director Joe Lynch] stages the action cleanly and kinetically. And Hayek delivers a fully committed performance, handling the role's intense physical demands with commanding authority.
February 25, 2015
Why, Salma Hayek? Why?
February 25, 2015
Nothing more than a pointless exercise in brutal, nasty style.
February 25, 2015
Everly has the heaving, bloody bosoms of an exploitation flick, yet Hayek gives the character powerful dignity. She's no victim, nor an off-the-shelf "strong woman."