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Irréversible Reviews

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June 5, 2002
While Noe undoubtedly revels in his audience's revulsion, the fact is Irreversible is a painfully thin, uninvolving story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 30, 2003
The detached clinical methodical style of some reptilian film critics since its release scrutinize the positioning of the camera in the rape scene-- almost like an autopsy.
Full Review | Original Score: F
February 22, 2003
For all the virtuosic technique on view, the schematic nature of the project is too glibly nihilistic.
February 9, 2003
Irréversible has virtually nothing unique to say about 21st century human relations or society.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
March 6, 2003
Noé isn't concerned with subverting the status quo. Indeed, what he really seems to want to do is make a Hollywood movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 14, 2003
So formally and stylistically aggressive that this aspect overpowers what it has to say, which isn't much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 17, 2003
Noe's attitude is so arrogant -- you can see it in his director's title card -- that you feel he thinks he's doing something profound.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 27, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 20, 2008
The lurid gimmick of a barking sideshow host.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 10, 2003
Whereas Memento also actually delved into the human brain's relationship to humanity and whether 'reality' as we know it lies in something as simple as cognitive imprinting and recollection, Irreversible peddles only the deeply exterior prec
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 7, 2003
Noé is here to remind us the world is ugly. That'll be ten bucks, please, and would you like some popcorn with your nausea?
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 8, 2003
All style and shock.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 4, 2003
Noé's stunt is an exploitation movie with a gimmick, not to mention a vacuous philosophy.
March 6, 2003
The frenzied momentum churns up a lot of adrenaline and stomach acid for Irréversible. But the performances certainly don't stir up much emotion.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 7, 2003
Low-end pornography that will titillate sickos who get off on seeing women and gays degraded and snuffed -- a movie without any redeeming social value.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
March 7, 2003
What's apparent about Irreversible is that, at some point, the message about and depiction of violence becomes violence itself.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
March 7, 2003
Without an episode to develop character, Noe can't really finesse the 180-degree transition to show how a single event can irrevocably transform lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 13, 2003
The hard, lurid images catch you in a vise. But dramatically, with few exceptions, it's a mess.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2003
Noe's summation is an ideological sucker-punch from a filmmaker who gets off on abusive relationships.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 14, 2003
Excruciating exercise in voyeurism, provocation and pretentiousness.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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