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The film balances revulsion with allure and all its action against the question of who knows what, when.
Piercing has the feel of a blueprint, a talented man exercising his technical skills while waiting for a whack at the real deal.
In a movie where everyone's crazy, Piercing makes their malady infectious.
After a briefly discombobulating fake-out twist, Piercing can't seem to figure out how to advance or complicate its sick-joke premise.
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.
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.
While Piercing is an enjoyable psychosexual spar if you can get on its wavelength, it doesn't necessarily linger like the emotional or physical scars of its scary lead pair.
Wasikowska particularly shines in a complex role, while the film's colourful visuals and intoxicating score add to its irresistible allure.
As Piercing aptly demonstrates, desire and ability are two entirely different things.
A psycho-sexual horror show which lifts the lid on the twisted urges of two very troubled characters. It's great, if grisly, fun.
While Nicolas Pesce aims to do something different with the story, he ends up leaving out all the elements that make Ryū Murakami's novel so revolutionary.
Piercing is certainly not a movie for everyone, but I wouldn't expect anything less from Pesce, and I hope he continues to push buttons in what's shaping up to be a very promising career.
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