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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Reviews

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Lou Cedrone
Baltimore Sun
September 16, 2014
If you want a gore fix, this is it. If you're looking for a film with purpose, better wait until the bill changes.
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
August 12, 2013
Sure, it's compelling; the nature of the material guarantees that. But it doesn't seem to be telling us much more than that the world is a scary place and murder is ugly. We knew those things. This is tabloid chic.
Bob Grimm
Las Vegas Mercury
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 0/5
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
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
July 12, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
September 16, 2014
John McNaughton's direction has flashes of cinematic brilliance, but there's a disturbing lack of purpose to its clinically told and horrifyingly violent tale.
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
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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.
John Wooley
Tulsa World
September 16, 2014
A powerful, original look at the hopeless urban underclass in the American city, where lost people nibble at the garbage of our culture -- in a kind of perverse application of the "trickle-down" theory -- hating themselves and us all the while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 12, 2013
A drama of vivid intensity, it has all the marks of a well-made, thoughtful film that does not exploit violence for its own sake or make killing a source of entertainment.
R.L. Shaffer
IGN Movies
October 8, 2012
The film is diabolically driven by Michael Rooker, who embodies the fractured, disconnected personality of Henry.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 5, 2011
From a technical standpoint, Henry is amateurish. But ultimately it's not the gilded frame that made it a modern horror classic, but its unblinking portrait of a remorseless killer who stares back at the audience and forces them to turn away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
John Ferguson
Radio Times
September 16, 2014
McNaughton's rough, non-judgemental direction gives the film a stylishly chilling documentary feel, while the killer's use of a camcorder asks some challengingly uncomfortable questions about voyeurism and the nature of screen violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Unflinching, rough, and ugly. Also a damn good movie.
| Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
December 5, 2007
Genuinely frightening.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 20, 2008
Certainly not for everyone, but if slasher movies are your cup of tea this is a lot better than most, and the use of Chicago locations is especially effective.
| Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
September 17, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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