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Maniac Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 25, 2013
A creepy experiment that stays with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
July 11, 2013
Frodo Baggins as a psycho-killer? Why not?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
July 5, 2013
The sadistic proceedings here are pointless, and not very scary.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2013
It's not clear what exactly merited an updating of William Lustig's 1980 "Maniac" - a cheapo urban grimeball about a serial killer - but like a rash's unwelcome return, we got it anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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+
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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
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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.
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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
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Rob Nelson
Variety
June 18, 2013
A shocker of a remake, equal parts stylish and scuzzy.
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
March 12, 2013
Rank even on its own terms, it's the kind of inferior remake that also invites questions about the original's cult status.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
May 28, 2012
This is down and dirty genre filmmaking, and the various slaughters, excruciatingly detailed scalpings and other atrocities are no less gruesome because of the highfalutin approach.