Repulsion

1965

Repulsion

Critics Consensus

Roman Polanski's first English film follows a schizophrenic woman's descent into madness, and makes the audience feel as claustrophobic as the character.

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When Carol, a shy young Belgian, is left alone for a few days in the Kensington flat she shares with her sister, she begins to withdraw into a reclusive existence where innocuous everyday realities are distorted by deep-seated anxieties. On screen throughout the film, Deneuve gives a wondrously subtle performance as the increasingly catatonic girl, but equally expressive of her terrifying inner torment are the sometimes surreal but never over-emphatic visual and aural effects created by Polanski to accompany her wanderings around the empty apartment or the bustling streets of South Kensington.

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Critic Reviews for Repulsion

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (1)

  • The purest exercise in homicidal mania yet made, and the most singleminded.

    August 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Repulsion is far more shocking, in fact, than anything Hitchcock ever made, because it can produce in the spectator the added shock of self-recognition, the hallmark of a real artwork.

    June 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • How much one remains held by all this probably depends on how much one is interested by the case-book aspect of Carol's story, but at least there are ample visual compensations.

    March 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The young Catherine Deneuve (she was 22 at the time of filming) gives a performance so unsettling and so precise, I can barely believe she grew into such a confident screen presence.

    October 21, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Roman Polanski takes us on a deeply disturbing, hallucinatory trip into Catherine Deneuve's mental breakdown in this British psychological thriller,

    October 6, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Deneuve gives an astonishing, clinically accurate performance ...

    January 5, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Repulsion

  • May 09, 2018
    This slow-burning psychological horror is quite disturbing and unsettling, more because of what it implies than what it actually shows as it delves into the fractured mind of a beautiful woman who cannot bear living - and being crushed - in a world where men are potential rapists.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2015
    If you don't have a patient mindset, you should probably avoid Repulsion. Some amongst us love it and I'm one of those. Polanski's first english language film, the timeless blonde beauty in Catherine Deneuve resonates brightly even in black and white, yet the ugliness of the story and set contrast her appearance perfectly. Bleak and unforgiving, Repulsion is a desolate venture in the mindset of a "virgin's dreams". Really terrifying and has definitely stood the test of time.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2014
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  • Jan 11, 2014
    A creepy and unsettling horror movie with a surplus of atmosphere and suspense, Repulsion is a great early film from Roman Polanski, although Rosemary's Baby is still superior.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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