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High Tension (Switchblade Romance) Reviews

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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.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 10, 2005
Director Alexandre Aja, who wrote this with Gregory Levasseur, doesn't have a gift for horror suspense so much as a compleat geek knowledge of all the superior scare flicks that have preceded High Tension.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
June 10, 2005
You have to give it to the filmmakers for their contempt of convention: no foreplay, no teasing, no steady buildup of dread, just a knock on the door and the slaughterer is there.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 10, 2005
A lame exercise, delivering shameless thrills at the expense of logic and genuine suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 10, 2005
Very bloody, sometimes difficult to watch and sometimes just tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 10, 2005
This is sick. And sickening.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 10, 2005
A chainsaw-cut above recent entries in the genre: a pure, unapologetic, unironic homage to the likes of Friday the 13th that respectfully salutes all the old shtick.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 10, 2005
One of the ugliest movies I've ever seen.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
June 10, 2005
I can't say much, except that we've seen it too many times in the past, and each time half the audience feels cheated.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
June 10, 2005
You will be terrified or disgusted or both, which is exactly the way it was back in the day.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 10, 2005
A French slasher film that strives to be the slasher film to end all slasher films -- and comes close to succeeding.
| Original Score: C+
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 10, 2005
It doesn't make an iota of sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 10, 2005
It's a no-frills set-up you've seen a hundred times, but rarely has it been executed as well.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
June 9, 2005
Deftly juggles gore and suspense.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
June 9, 2005
Purely as an exercise in style, this movie has its moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 9, 2005
Makes for ghoulish, sick fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
June 9, 2005
Works like a filmic jigsaw puzzle, one that ultimately inverts the genre, and powered by a bloody confection of violence and girls running around in sweat-caked T-shirts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
June 9, 2005
It's certain that a second viewing would reveal numerous inconsistencies and unanswered questions, but because nobody will want to see it twice, we may never know.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 9, 2005
For much of its duration the film is a case of intense fare done with an undeniable effectiveness and ingenuity -- until it lurches into a deplorable surprise twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 9, 2005
That outrageous third-act reveal proves to be a major deal-breaker.
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 9, 2005
Simply relentless in both its butchery and its stupidity. To say nothing of its lack of restraint.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 9, 2005
Aja takes his time with his film, correctly building tension by letting his camera linger on Marie as she hears screams and slashes and rarely letting the air out to give moviegoers a chance to breathe.
| Original Score: B-
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
June 9, 2005
Slasher fans whose fright reflexes are set to hair-trigger mode will jump at High Tension's mathematically precise, fake-out scares. But they're likely to hate themselves for it even as they tremble.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 8, 2005
Even a blood feast this squalid can't get away with chain-sawing all logic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
June 7, 2005
Deficits are easy to overlook thanks to High Tension's knowing performances and unnerving combination of ambient sound, fluidly jittery cutting, and sly widescreen setups.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 24, 2005
For those who enjoy horror films and don't mind copious quantities of red-dyed fluids, this one is not to be missed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4