Repulsion Reviews

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July 28, 2009
Polanski dares the viewer to plunge into that eye and through the psychic rabbit hole that is its owner's increasingly unhinged personality. [Blu-ray]
July 27, 2009
... a masterfully conducted portrait in madness...
July 27, 2009
Although it cannot quite live up to its reputation, Polanski's startling psychological horror film is a bona fide genre classic.
July 25, 2009
Haunting and ominous from first frame to last, Polanski's first English film is a masterpiece, a subtle horror tale about the descent into madness of an isolated, sexually repressed woman, stunningly played by Catherine Deneuve who was only 22 at the time
July 25, 2009
A story of sexual repression of such magnitude necessarily treads on Freudian ground but Polanski resists any urge to plumb the psychological depths of his tortured protagonist.
July 23, 2009
Roman Polanski's first English-language film is still a creepy little horror masterpiece.
July 13, 2009
Roman Polanski's1965 psychological thriller uncoils like a primordial poisonous snake disguised by unfathomable beauty that conceals its deadly feminine bite
May 23, 2009
its ability to conjure monsters from its heroine's id remains unparalleled
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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.
September 21, 2007
If hell is in the details, Roman Polanski has captured it here in his disturbing portrait of falling into psychosis.
September 21, 2007
An intense psychological thriller from the master of the genre.
September 21, 2007
Deneuve, without much dialog, handles a very difficult chore with insight and tact.
April 9, 2007
Roman Polanski made his international name with this genuinely frightening black-and-white nightmare.
October 18, 2006
A methodical but fairly repellent exercise in claustrophobic horror.
July 1, 2006
A potent cocktail of sexual repression, madness and violence, this chiller is one of Roman Polanski's best.
April 14, 2006
Its two-way prism of audio-visual embellishments intuits a woman's fractured psyche and catches super-cool flashes of the audience's perverse cine-desires.
April 11, 2006
The ordeal we and Polanski craved for Deneuve turned out to be just a sport, and we were the ball -- just as we'd hoped.
February 9, 2006
Still perhaps Polanski's most perfectly realised film, a stunning portrait of the disintegration, mental and emotional, of a shy young Belgian girl (Deneuve) living in London.
October 3, 2005
This is Roman Polanski's most microscopically focused tale of paranoia, and arguably his greatest achievement.
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