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Michael Reviews

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Tom Dawson
Total Film
February 20, 2012
Haneke fans will be impressed by this rigorous, finely acted study of a suburban paedophile. Skillfully avoiding sensationalism, it nonetheless compels the viewer to contemplate the banality of evil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
February 16, 2012
A fly-on-the-wall study of the behavior of a pedophile, "Michael" is a horror movie made up small moments.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Alonso Duralde
February 16, 2012
What interests Schleinzer is putting us inside Michael's head, even though we're repelled by his activities, and his no-frills approach works.
Chris Cabin
February 16, 2012
convincing as a character study to the point of disconcertment
| Original Score: 3/5
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February 16, 2012
Like its protagonist, Michael is deliberate and very discreet. It shocks by suggestion, not by display.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 16, 2012
It's a chilling film about the routine business of unspeakable acts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 16, 2012
A hermetically sealed creep-fest that seems to have no desire to be anything more than just that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 15, 2012
A well-acted, otherwise tightly scripted movie that builds suspense with a series of unexpected twists and turns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 14, 2012
This coldly compelling film doesn't try to explain Michael's behavior or analyze his disease. As if doing penance for Michael's sins, it eventually metes out unequivocal punishment, but it is small consolation.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
February 14, 2012
Schleinzer approaches his subject not as an investigator, but as though covering up a crime scene and scrubbing it of anything that might provide insight or empathy or psychological traction.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 14, 2012
Michael is a clear-eyed depiction of the unthinkable, a view of inhumanity with zero psychologizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
February 12, 2012
Markus Schleinzer turns the film's victim into little more than a kicking, screaming cipher whose sufferings, while not exploited, are nonetheless diminished to the stuff of clinical observation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Nordine
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
November 6, 2011
We never get too close to Michael, but one suspects this may be a good thing.
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Alissa Simon
September 9, 2011
Illustrating the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion, Michael takes a coolly nonjudgmental, non-psychological approach to a disturbing topic.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 8, 2011
Dreadful as the subject matter is, the authenticity of the performances and the skill of Schleinzer's filmmaking are difficult to deny in this portrait of a monster as the bland guy next door.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
August 17, 2011
[The] performances are truly strong, and the brilliant epilogue (which I don't dare spoil) reminds us that even though Michael is an inhuman monster, he still has a mother and family that love him very much.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
The film was so expertly constructed that I found myself drawn into it and fascinated by what I saw.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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