Piercing

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

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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.

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All Critics (92) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (66) | Rotten (26)

  • A twisted psychosexual horror thriller.

    February 17, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Abbott and Wasikowska are both wonderful and fully capable of holding the film in their tight grip.

    February 10, 2020 | Rating: 7 | Full Review…
  • Compulsively watchable, even when this is because of how happily grotesque it can be.

    January 13, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Overall, Piercing is visually arresting, deviously intoxicating, and completely messed up.

    September 27, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • Piercing is a flawed horror film since you don't feel emotionally invested in any of the characters, but Nicolas Pesce has crafted a brutal thriller that quite literally throws the audience for a loop and keeps the bloodshed flowing in an endless cycle.

    September 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a movie designed to be polarizing, but it's an exciting risk by an interesting new voice in horror.

    July 31, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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