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Michael Reviews

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Grant Rollings
The Sun (UK)
March 1, 2012
I can't recommend anyone shares 90 minutes of their life with Michael.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 12, 2012
Haneke without the soul, and if you've seen enough of that man's pictures, you can maybe perceive how unsettling the idea of a soulless Haneke sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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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.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 1, 2012
There is a film to be made, grim and explorative, about paedophile abduction. Michael isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Chris Cabin
February 16, 2012
convincing as a character study to the point of disconcertment
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 19, 2012
Michael does have undeniable moral purpose. It forces us to ponder the way society chooses - another easy option - to comfortingly reclassify such perpetrators as monsters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Jamie Dunn
The Skinny
February 23, 2012
This chilly, matter-of-fact portrait of a pedophile is as hard hitting as any tabloid hysteria. No solutions or explanations are offered, but sometimes nightmares are beyond comprehension.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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.
Mike Scott
March 9, 2012
Intentionally unnerving from the first moments, it's a hard movie to watch, but it's also fantastically, agonizingly suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 1, 2012
Schleinzer could hardly have chosen a more difficult subject, but he treats it with an unnerving simplicity, shorn of sensationalism or obvious moral cues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
March 2, 2012
Michael has been forged in the Haneke mould, treating its incendiary material with an aloof, banalising calm and withholding any overt judgment or moral standpoint.
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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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 29, 2012
There are no easy conclusions here - no explanations. Events unfold with a random, even black comic abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
February 20, 2012
A courageous essay on the power of the childlike and the horror of dysfunctional adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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