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Maniac Reviews

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June 21, 2013
Like a cover song that takes an original tune in a fresh new direction, Franck Khalfoun's remake of William Lustig's notorious 1980 slasher flick Maniac boldly serves up a familiar story with an exciting twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 21, 2013
For some, Maniac will be disorienting and sickening; for others, it will be a deliciously twisted experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 21, 2013
In order to get what this version of Maniac is doing, you have to look at the movie through different eyes. Aja and company did, and the results are a revelation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 21, 2013
It's a bit like watching an amputee play hopscotch: there's no way that it's polite to stare for this long, but you just have to see if this guy's gonna make it to the end.
June 21, 2013
Should Wood decide to indulge his manic side again, here's hoping he picks a better vehicle than Maniac.
June 21, 2013
Warts and all, "Maniac" still does what it should, digging under the skin and never for a second shying away from the grim realities of a protagonist who's not only an antagonist as well, but a violent sociopath.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 21, 2013
"Maniac" only takes what had merely been a disturbing film and makes it into a truly disturbed one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 21, 2013
The film is exactly what it intends to be: the purest exploitational trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 20, 2013
By not centering on the victims, Mr. Khalfoun nearly makes the film about pitying the panic-prone killer; the camerawork lacks the ominous, confident glide of much Steadicam horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 20, 2013
A remake that, rather than trying to fix the deep flaws of its source, just covers them in a shinier coat of paint.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 20, 2013
Ever wonder what Frodo Baggins would be like as a serial killer?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
June 20, 2013
The redo also benefits from hindsight, creating a sleeker, more effective movie that remains as violent and irresponsible as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 20, 2013
I would never argue that a movie should be banned or censored, but I firmly believe we should take directors like Khalfoun aside and tell him he's a hack, a phony and should be ashamed of himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Top Critic
June 20, 2013
If it's possible to be both impressed and appalled by a movie's pull-no-punches savagery, Maniac earns that dubious distinction.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 19, 2013
Eventually it collapses in a gore fest of nauseating brutality that makes you wonder why they bothered at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
June 18, 2013
The genre is adolescent as hell, reckless and pre-empathetic, picking on girls just to see what their reactions might be.
June 18, 2013
Each killing is suffused with a strangely surreal empathy for both murderer and victim that recalls Jonathan Demme's genre-redefining The Silence of the Lambs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 18, 2013
It'll get your blood pumping, before it starts spilling down your forehead.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 18, 2013
A shocker of a remake, equal parts stylish and scuzzy.
June 15, 2013
Its audio-visual overload testifies to a group of filmmakers' belief that some films are made to be remade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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