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August 14, 2017
This is a truly excellent film. It functions off of kind of a cheap gimmick, which is to front-load the denouement and then treat you to a relatively tranquil final segment. It is noteworthy for scenes of gratuitous violence that are truly breathtaking feats of cinema history. It is slightly traumatic to witness them, but if you're excited by that kind of thing it's hard to beat this film.
July 16, 2017
The story is harsh. The movie is harsh.
If you are a perv, you would like this.
June 8, 2017
Complete with gay-bashing, misogyny and brutal rape, this film is indeed gratuitous in its execution. I also find its 'arty' swirling camera work very disorienting, adding nothing to the film itself. The film is essentially told backwards and I guess it makes a little sense if viewed in that way.
½ June 8, 2017
This is a cinematic exercise that challenges the film goer to try and find comfort or hope. Many believe that comfort and escapism are givens in cinema. Gaspar Noe strives to rob the viewer of all of those notions in most of his work, and here he succeeds in spades. That doesn't necessarily make it a good film however.

I won't relegate this film to subgenres like "torture porn" like so many have. I will, however, say that not all of the risks that Mr. Noe takes pay off.
March 26, 2017
What I got from the movie overall is that, ultimately angry lynch mobs usually don't work...
½ March 17, 2017
One can tell quite easily why this movie has divided critics right down the middle. The material is not only difficult to watch, it is problematic. It opens up viewers to imagine themselves in the shoes of the movie's protagonists. I was moved by the story and the thought behind the storytelling, and I hope you are provoked by it, too.
February 3, 2017
Replete with gay-bashing, misogyny and brutal rape, this film is indeed gratuitous in its execution. I also find its 'arty' swirling camera work very disorienting, adding nothing to the film itself. The film is essentially told backwards and I guess it makes a little sense if viewed in that way
December 18, 2016
Una frenética búsqueda de ajusticiamiento emprendida en estado de inconsciencia. Una contemplación fascinada de la violencia extrema. Dándole profundidad a todo, el estudio de dos personalidades opuestas, los momentos y las maneras como manejan la sed de venganza. Una experiencia bien estresante. La frase motivo es "el tiempo lo destruye todo", pero no veo dónde cabe en una película acerca de lo que ocurrió una noche. 7.5/10
½ December 4, 2016
SPOILER: (I have seen the dramatic raping scene and yeah, it is quite explicit and violent. It is a pity these things happen to real women).
½ October 9, 2016
Simple revenge film trying to pass itself off as a work of art by having all the events happening backwards in time. Excessive violence and a very graphic rape scene. Completely pointless and gross.
September 14, 2016
While I believe it's message is important the film is more interested in trying to shock and disturb then really dig into its premise.
½ August 23, 2016
Most would argue this film is only talked about for it's lengthy and notorious rape scene, but there's obviously more to it than that. For one, it is brilliantly shot. Not many filmmakers can stylishly upset his audience and drag them to the point of no return. It's masterful. It's also very unsettling, which is why it is good filmmaking. I'm not recommending it. I don't think it needs to be analyzed to death either. I say no more, I'm already preaching to the fucking choir!!!
August 13, 2016
Irréversible (2002) C-99m. ?? D: Gaspar Noé. Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel. Remember the days when movies used to make you laugh and could even remind you to be optimistic? Here comes yet another ugly, "artistically significant", violent-filled, gratuitous mayhem flick. Girlfriend raped (in a scene which feels like 90 straight minutes), boyfriend wants blood. One notable critic defend film by covering its nonlinear structure--which, in a way, recycles the "explicit payoff"--but that doesn't make the movie any more entertaining . . . or memorable. Noé must have been pretty proud of his pornography, he also wrote, co-produced, and co-photographed.
August 11, 2016
A brief sparse back story was cobbled together around a graphic scene. I wish there was a bigger, better payoff. Instead we start the movie with a detailed graphic & vulgar view into a subculture. Then, we slowly discover what lead up to these events, as the film is in reverse chronological order. The cinematography was dizzying for half of the film.
½ August 7, 2016
Two violent scenes from this film are forever stuck in my head, and i'm not sure if that's a good or a bad thing. The screenplay is an interesting premise, being that the film runs backwards in it's storytelling from end to start, however the excessive violence seemed almost too much, but then again, it wouldn't be a memorable film without those scenes either, as the plot isn't much to remember.
August 6, 2016
Masterful, haunting, heartbreaking. By today's standards, the "graphicness" of anything in this movie is pretty tame & never gratuitous- we only catch glimpses (except for the rape scene which is one of the reasons why it makes such an impact). The way it's shot, the realness factor, & the backwards-in-time sequences is what makes it so poignant and disturbing. The crazy swinging camera shots at the beginning mirrors the mind of the movie (no, the DVD's not defective as I first thought-just keep watching). The infamous rape scene was at first to me tedious, it's 10 long minutes of pretty much the same shot...but that's where the horror seeps in. These victims of violence have to endure this for sometimes hours or days- it becomes very real. The movie delivers more than just horror and violence- we get to see the sweet & playful nature of the relationship between the 2 leads, the real intimacy that exists (they were married in real life at that x). There's alittle nudity & gore, but that again lends to the authenticity factor. It's a story about the loss of innocence, the "irreversibility" of time...universal in the message it delivers. A unique experience, highly recommended.
½ August 3, 2016
Inquadrature alla cazzo, droga, violenza, gay pub, la Bellucci desnuda...sembra in tutto e per tutto una puntata di Lucignolo.
½ July 27, 2016
Gaspar Noe has made a name for himself as one of the most visionary contemporary directors, but he's very much an example that it takes more than vision to make good films. Told completely in reverse (just like Memento), Irreversible is obviously trying to be interesting in its design, but the format comes off as gimmicky after a while, and the film is a lot more predictable than Noe seems to think it is. Also, it's extremely gratuitous, borderline homophobic, and contains two of the most excruciating scenes of graphic violence I've ever witnessed on film. Still, the film is without a doubt a marvel in film making with its incredible use of long takes, literally swirly camera work, and ominous lighting. Irreversible is enough to label Gaspar Noe as an auteur, but certainly not a good story teller.
½ July 3, 2016
yikes, between all the yelling and the camera work in the beginning (& at the very end), the rape scene isn't the only thing that makes you feel sick. but i really liked that it told the story out of order... movies that do that well are top notch in my book. another reason why i appreciate the backwards story-telling is because when you think the worst of it comes at you right out of the gate, slowing finding out how the story was before the incident almost makes the situation that much more terrible. i think that's pretty good from a filmmaker's point of view. unfortunately, even though this film aims to make you feel uncomfortable, this is not the worst i've seen.
July 3, 2016
The film has a very simple script, but compensates for its narrative, starting from behind forward, are not the end of scenes that blend with first, as pulb fiction or amnesia, the film actually begins the end and ends at the beginning, with a camera that not is on a tripod and is always hanging around the scenario causing queasiness, the rape scene controversy is certainly one of the most angostiantes movie, if you got sick of the scene, she reached her then aim can not be faulted, the sequence plan simulation is also very good, and the excelent performance, inrreversible is a film for a few, but it sure is a cenematografica experience that has to be assisted.
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