Piercing (2018)



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Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu of a suitcase filled with clothes, he's packed a toothbrush and a murder kit. Everything is meticulously planned: check into a hotel and kill an unsuspecting victim. Only then will he rid himself of his devious impulses and continue to be a good husband and father. But Reed gets more than he bargained for with Jackie (Mia Wasikowska), an alluring call girl who arrives at his room. First, they relax and get in the mood, but when there's an unexpected disruption, the balance of control begins to sway back and forth between the two. Is he seeing things? Who's playing whom? Before the night is over, a feverish nightmare will unfold, and Reed and Jackie will seal their bond in blood.


Critic Reviews for Piercing

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

The film balances revulsion with allure and all its action against the question of who knows what, when.

Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Piercing has the feel of a blueprint, a talented man exercising his technical skills while waiting for a whack at the real deal.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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In a movie where everyone's crazy, Piercing makes their malady infectious.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

After a briefly discombobulating fake-out twist, Piercing can't seem to figure out how to advance or complicate its sick-joke premise.

Jan 22, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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Piercing is a propulsive, intricately crafted thriller that plays like the twisted lovechild of American Psycho and Phantom Thread. Slick and sick, sometimes sexy, and surprisingly sweet.

Nov 12, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

PIERCING is the rare second film from a new director which rivals its predecessor. The film is in conversation with Pesce's previous work, and continues his legacy as a new horror maestro in the making. Keep it up, sir.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

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