The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael (2005)




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Drama , Horror
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Dan Spencer
as Robert Carmichael
Danny Dyer
as Larry
Lesley Manville
as Sarah Carmichael
Miranda Wilson
as Monica Abbott
Michael Howe
as Jonathan Abbott
Ami Instone
as Marie
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Critic Reviews for The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael

All Critics (9)

Loaded with easy cynicism and even easier sadism, it's a beautifully orchestrated ideological disaster that shoots for social commentary but settles for lowest-blow shock.

Full Review… | February 1, 2008

Grimly beautiful and deeply shocking, this pessimistic state-of-the-nation debut blazes itself into your consciousness.

Full Review… | June 12, 2007

Dubbed as Cannes 2005's hyperviolent film, it doesn't really depict any violence until it's final 10 mins climax, other than it's hyperviolent symbolism that takes a life of its own, smothering the film's narrative on the way.

Full Review… | February 18, 2007
Movies for the Masses

Well made, occasionally insightful and initially enjoyable drama that is ruined by a horrifically violent, tabloid-baiting final scene.

Full Review… | October 18, 2006

The movie takes an incredibly long time to get going. You sit through the first part wishing something would hurry up and happen and the last 15 minutes wishing it hadn't.

Full Review… | April 9, 2006

Rookie director Thomas Clay gives us a cinematic punch-in-the-face that is both real and violently unsettling.

Full Review… | July 13, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Great Ecstasy of Robert Carmichael


The director/writer apparently had given all their efforts blowing the 15 minutes very sick & disturbing ending scene up, so as to shock the audiences' guts. And, it is indeed very annoying & irritating. There are actually some points being made, though nothing new at all. However, the whole movie before these 15 minutes is so sloppy, dragging, fragmentarily padding, pretentious & boring. Just terrible inside-out.


Absolute shite. Good casting of the lead, but completely wasted. Culmunates in one of the most disgusting scenes i have ever scene of film. Makes no sense...

Rhys French
Rhys French

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