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Nerve's fast pace and charming leads help overcome a number of fundamental flaws, adding up to a teen-friendly thriller with enough energy to occasionally offset its muddled execution.
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The denouement is ridiculous, the conclusion sketchy and the script's attempts to be hip are, in the end, slightly pathetic.
The secret weapon of the film is cinematographer Michael Simmonds, who has a whole bag of tricks up his sleeve.
Nerve is a dizzyingly of-the-moment good time, a dystopian meet-cute in present-day New York.
It gets off on the highwire fun of living on a digital dare and then pisses away its provocations by lecturing us with a metaphorical take on social media as an STD. What a buzz kill.
Nerve looks fabulous and the pace is evenly adrenalized, which makes up for clichéd characters, a concocted premise and commentary that is a bit on the nose ...
"Nerve" is sharp looking and delivers real jolts, even if the climax pushes things a bit far and wraps up too easily. Or maybe it's an accurate look at what'll happen when "Nerve" becomes real?
Boasts charming leads and unexpectedly have more thought to say.
Nerve loses its way towards the end, but it's slickly done, inventive, and will press all the right keys for its teen and twentysomething target audience.
Even though it isn't the most well-written movie of the year or anything, the movie's primary demographic of teenagers might actually take away something useful regarding how their Internet behavior affects people in the real world
Had Nerve stuck to the intrigue around online games, it could have been an efficiently entertaining piece of cinema.
Emma Roberts (usually seen as the mean girl) makes for a relatable, reclusive teen. Dave Franco is all smiles and charm; you want to go on this dangerous ride with him.
Nerveplays more as a survival-of-the-fittest lesson - a Darwinism-fueled cautionary tale for the GoPro generation.
Mediocre. Gaps in logic are plentiful, but the action is fun enough to make a worthy distraction.
What starts out as a pretty accurate portrayal of teenager's online habits these days (and a very well presented one at that) soon takes it a step further, like in a somewhat friendly Black Mirror episode. Things are pretty interesting, sometimes even exciting, but the film sometimes shies away from being too toxic or mean. The message it is sending is still worth noting, even though the solution is maybe a tad too naive. Emma Roberts carries the film with her very natural and likable portrayal of a regular teenager. A worthy effort, well done.
Patchy. It feels like yet another "unfriended" style internet story, but with action. And a bit of Hunger Games in there at the end too.
Kind of liked it, but kind of didn't. I feel like I'm too old for this story, but some of it was fun if you could ignore the gaping plot holes.
Style over substance.
Nerve has stylish visual effects and a dark, au courant take on technology and the anonymous social interaction of the Millennial crowd. Acting is good for what this film is. An original screenplay with plenty of suspense and suspicion kept me entertained. I recommend it.
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