Repulsion Reviews

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January 4, 2013
Deneuve, as the woman whose fear of sexual contact is at the base of her neurosis, has seldom been less like her icy self.
January 3, 2013
A film that expertly shows without ever telling, even while the symbolism is a mite heavy handed.
January 3, 2013
There can't be many other films which so plausibly show an entire, warped world created from a single point of view.
July 23, 2009
Roman Polanski's first English-language film is still a creepy little horror masterpiece.
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October 19, 2008
At second glance, or as often as a moviegoer can bear to peek through his knotted fingers, it is a Gothic horror story, a classic chiller of the Psycho school and approximately twice as persuasive.
September 21, 2007
Roman Polanski's first film in English is still his scariest and most disturbing.
August 14, 2019
The purest exercise in homicidal mania yet made, and the most singleminded.
June 27, 2019
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.
March 16, 2015
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.
October 21, 2014
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 6, 2013
Roman Polanski takes us on a deeply disturbing, hallucinatory trip into Catherine Deneuve's mental breakdown in this British psychological thriller,
January 5, 2013
Deneuve gives an astonishing, clinically accurate performance ...
January 3, 2013
Polanski makes us psyche-cine intruders, able to come and go as we please. It is this that makes the film so unsettling and perversely enigmatic.
January 3, 2013
It's been an inspiration ever since for films about claustrophobic hysteria, but not necessarily in a good way ...
December 17, 2012
Filled with indelible images and punishing sound design, Repulsion casts a shadow over everything from Eraserhead to Black Swan, but there's nothing quite like the real thing.
October 29, 2012
A peerless Freudian nightmare, frequently revisited but seldom matched in its desire and terror, its visual-aural flow, and its queasy voyeuristic pleasure in seeing a frosty princess picking at her own skin
October 8, 2012
Repulsion is a masterpiece of horror that is not to be missed and can be open to many interpretations.
April 2, 2011
As psychological horror films go, there are more than a few that get the psychology better than this, but almost none that come within spitting distance of the horror.
March 5, 2011
You may feel the urge to laugh out of sheer need to break the tension, and Polanski knows it.
August 5, 2009
Its ability to conjure monsters from its heroine's id remains unparalleled.
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