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Ms. 45 Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
June 26, 2016
Ms. 45 is not a feminist revenge film. It is, however, an intelligent and confident piece of exploitation filmmaking marinated in helplessness and anger ...
Stephen Danay
Under the Radar
September 7, 2014
The film's not-so-secret weapon is its lead actress, the late Zoe Tamerlis Lund.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 25, 2014
The Halloween finale is one of the indelible set pieces of the decade, offering the astonishing image of a beautiful gunwielding nun indiscriminately shooting men while moving in slow-motion against a wall decorated with stylized bats and spider webs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 3, 2014
With Grand Guignol relish, Ferrara depicts a city in the throes of a Wild West lawlessness that invites vigilante action.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
January 23, 2014
Had Herzog seen it, he might have recognized Ferrara as a fellow genius, and one as weird as himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 18, 2014
"Ms.45" may be over 30 years old but it has a timelessness to it that will appeal to the fans of exploitation movies even today.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 17, 2014
I first saw Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45 the way I suspect most men my age saw it: furtively, in my bedroom, on VHS.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 16, 2014
Despite the film's low rent look, Ferrara has an eye for detail and style.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
December 13, 2013
Ultimately, Ms. 45 is far more interesting and genuinely enjoyable (versus ironically enjoyable, as many of this vintage grindhouse flicks wind up being) than it has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
December 12, 2013
What she says-and what the movie says in kind-is more complex and sophisticated than its grindhouse roots would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
December 10, 2013
One of the greatest urban nightmares ever committed to film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
December 10, 2013
The sexual politics of Ms. 45 are blunt and easy to read, and the picture is riotously cathartic.
Fernando F. Croce
November 12, 2011
Eros and Thana(tos) in Manhattan, a bravura, feverish vision
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Variety Staff
July 6, 2010
By keeping the picture short and busy, Ferrara makes its far-fetched elements play.
Cole Smithey
August 2, 2009
[VIDEO ESSAY] Abel Ferrara's 1981 cult uber thriller is a feminist take on the good-old-bad-old days of Manhattan that gave rise to films like "Death Wish" and "Taxi Driver."
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
May 31, 2008
A clever and very morbid take on sexual violence on the cusp of the eighties, and the effects it can have on the quiet individuals we often deem as harmless...
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
April 2, 2006
Sexy, squalid.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 1, 2006
Ms. 45 looks as cheap and sleazy as it needs to be, but this factor actually adds to the movie's vicious feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
It's a provocative, disreputable movie, well worth seeing.
Emanuel Levy
July 4, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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