Maniac - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Maniac Reviews

Page 2 of 4
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
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
Kofi Outlaw
ScreenRant
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
Bill Gibron
EntertainmentTell
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
Top Critic
William Goss
Film.com
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.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
June 21, 2013
Should Wood decide to indulge his manic side again, here's hoping he picks a better vehicle than Maniac.
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
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
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 21, 2013
The film is exactly what it intends to be: the purest exploitational trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
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
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 20, 2013
Ever wonder what Frodo Baggins would be like as a serial killer?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
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
Jordan Hoffman
ScreenCrush
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
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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+
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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
Top Critic
Chris Packham
Village Voice
June 18, 2013
The genre is adolescent as hell, reckless and pre-empathetic, picking on girls just to see what their reactions might be.
Top Critic
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
June 18, 2013
It'll get your blood pumping, before it starts spilling down your forehead.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Rob Nelson
Variety
June 18, 2013
A shocker of a remake, equal parts stylish and scuzzy.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
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
Page 2 of 4