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High Tension (Switchblade Romance) Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 10, 2005
This is sick. And sickening.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 9, 2005
The philosopher Thomas Hobbes tells us life can be 'poor, nasty, brutish and short.' So is this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 14, 2005
The ultimate rescue, however, comes when the credits roll and the lights come up.
| Original Score: C
Edward Douglas
June 9, 2005
A throwback to '70s exploitation flicks...with such an infuriating twist that some may feel exploited out of 10 bucks
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 13, 2005
An extremely well-made, very grisly and ultimately dishonest slasher film that's too clever for its own good.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 9, 2005
Spills blood everywhere but has no pulse.
| Original Score: 0/4
Nick Schager
June 9, 2005
a disappointing lapse into old-fashioned narrow-mindedness... unable to sustain considerable suspense
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
February 13, 2004
The movie is certainly tense, but only from a gut-reaction standpoint. Emotionally, psychologically, there's nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 9, 2005
Like the fairly recent Cabin Fever and like earlier slasher films of that grisly ilk, High Tension takes a fairly straightforward approach to its essential reason for being, namely the stagecraft of death.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 10, 2005
High Tension proves to be a dud of a horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
June 12, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
June 11, 2005
...[a] groundless gorefest...High Tension pounces on the opportunity to swagger in its meaningless artsy shock value
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric Melin
July 16, 2005
In a remarkable turnaround, the film suddenly lacks the courage to stick with what it does best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
June 10, 2005
[Director Aja] doesn't realize that so much is now lost in translation.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Willie Waffle
June 9, 2005
the worst idea to come out of France since the metric system.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 30, 2004
This unsettling, relentless horror film is so gruesome that it keeps you squirming from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Erik Childress
February 13, 2004
I find myself both enjoying the unapologetic bloodfest of Haute Tension and extending certain digits at it for trying to be overly clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Boston Phoenix
June 11, 2005

Baltimore Sun
June 11, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 7, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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