Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Reviews

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Top Critic
April 16, 2007
[T]his is a movie that will anger and frighten audiences... Many will also find this one of the most impressive film debuts of the '80s.
Emanuel Levy
December 5, 2006
McNughton's film has both suspense and graphic violence, combining a clinical approach with semi-documentary technique that result in genuinely disturbing horror, deepling upsetting look at a murderer; a highlight of indie cinema of the 1990s.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
McNaughton's compelling study of a blithe sociopath makes the flesh crawl and the mind reel.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 21, 2005
A genuinely upsetting film that's guaranteed to make you more paranoid.
| Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
October 15, 2005
Longe de traçar o "retrato de um assassino", o filme apela para o choque barato, mas evita o fracasso absoluto em função da força das performances de Rooker, Towles e Arnold.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
September 7, 2005
The film doesn't so much bring us closer to the serial murderer as it reminds us of our culpability as spectators.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 4, 2004
A brutally honest intimate portrait of a serial killer that makes you feel rotten inside.
Full Review | Original Score: A

TV Guide
July 30, 2003
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer surely ranks as one of the most frightening and disturbing films ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Peter Bradshaw
July 8, 2003
There are still some shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. McNaughton's observations are so chilling and precise that they gain some artistic stature even when they cross the line that makes the audience voyeurs and accomplices.
Jamie Russell
April 21, 2003
John McNaughton's haunting film is a grim journey into the life of its twisted subject that refuses to moralise or judge.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 22, 2003
Henry Lee Lucas was mostly a liar in real life, but that doesn't stop the movie from being one truly disturbing journey/
| Original Score: 5/5
Rumsey Taylor
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 19, 2002
It relies not upon visceral depictions of graphic violence but the sporadic, lifeless motivations of the killer - an established, sympathetic, and ultimately humanistic character.
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Henry is a glimpse into the void that will chill, terrify and haunt you with the infinite evil in the hearts of ordinary people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 18, 2002
Part of the time it's art house cinema, the rest of the time its horror schlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Unflinching, rough, and ugly. Also a damn good movie.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
This film gives off a dark chill that follows you all the way home.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A low-budget tour de force that provides an unforgettable portrait of the pathology of a man for whom killing is not a crime but simply a way of passing time and relieving boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The emptiness in Henry seems like an artistic convenience or, worse, an evasion. What we suspect, finally, is that the deficiencies belong more to the artist than to his subject.
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