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Stylish with a sadistic streak, Piercing pairs gripping lead performances with a smartly macabre story that delivers unpredictable thrills. Read critic reviews

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After kissing his wife and baby goodbye for a seemingly normal business trip, Reed checks himself into a hotel room to accomplish something he's always dreamed of: the perfect murder. As his sinister plans unfold, he soon realizes he might be in over his head with a mysteriously unhinged call girl named Jackie.

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Marin Ireland
Chevonne
Maria Dizzia
Reed's Mother
Olivia Bond
Bunny Girl
Nicolas Pesce
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Josh Mond
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Al Di
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Zack Galler
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Critic Reviews for Piercing

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  • I was genuinely, in the best sense, jaw-dropped.

    February 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, you just don't really care what happens to these two, and the additions of trippy hallucinations, mid-level bondage, tentacled minibeasts and lines such as "I want you to wear my skin" don't help.

    February 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Ending just as its long-teased crescendo of reciprocal madness begins, Piercing is a little too smart for its own good.

    February 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The dream-team pairing of Abbott and Wasikowska, two of the most interesting, subtle and risk-loving performers of their generation, is a huge compensation.

    February 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The result is a film that is far more accessible and entertaining than its storyline would lead you to expect.

    February 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For those who prefer their cinema trussed up and slobbering on a ball gag, Piercing provides an hour and 20 minutes of nasty fun, though it occasionally feels like a great short stretched out beyond its optimal length.

    February 14, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I was genuinely, in the best sense, jaw-dropped.

    February 16, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, you just don't really care what happens to these two, and the additions of trippy hallucinations, mid-level bondage, tentacled minibeasts and lines such as "I want you to wear my skin" don't help.

    February 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Ending just as its long-teased crescendo of reciprocal madness begins, Piercing is a little too smart for its own good.

    February 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The dream-team pairing of Abbott and Wasikowska, two of the most interesting, subtle and risk-loving performers of their generation, is a huge compensation.

    February 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Emerges as a movie that is chiefly addressed to Hollywood viewers who enjoy a bit of graphic violence in their movies, but have never read the book.

    February 21, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Piercing is all flash and no substance - the end result never taking on any kind of permanence. Rather like it's title, it is brief hint of pain, before the sweet feeling of relief when it's over.

    February 4, 2021 | Full Review…

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