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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 (89) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (25)

  • 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.

    Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • Ending just as its long-teased crescendo of reciprocal madness begins, Piercing is a little too smart for its own good.

    Feb 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.

    Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For every clever twist, there's a dead giveaway; the movie's high-style décor is more alluring than the drama.

    Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Piercing is an unnerving mix of loveliness and lunacy.

    Feb 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Piercing is an unsuccessful provocation, and I didn't get anything out of it beyond a few wispy ideas about how we may never really understand what we want from each other.

    Feb 1, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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