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The Signal Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
April 8, 2009
Funny, terrifying and haunting all at once, this tripartite vision of postmodern alienation, societal breakdown and mental disintegration is as arresting as a baseball bat to the head - while still cutting to the heart.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2008
[A] cagey low-budget horror flick.
Steve Biodrowski
July 15, 2008
This is much more than a typical genre piece; it's a sort of hip, almost punk, combination of drama, science-fiction and horror.
Brian Holcomb
June 15, 2008
The film is both an impressive "calling card" work for the filmmakers and a failure as an actual film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin McCarthy
June 1, 2008
All I kept writing down in my notes during the movie was "gruesome" "I can't breathe" "My stomach is in knots."
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
April 17, 2008
In the end THE SIGNAL will burn it's transmission into your brain and leave you with an impression that will never go away. This is that film that leaves you with that special glow (yes, kind of like after sex), the smile that doesn't fade and the convers
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 13, 2008
For a soup overseen by three cooks, the whole works reasonably well, with some pretty complex interlocking, A must for fans of nonlinear storytelling.
Beth Accomando
March 1, 2008
The Signal reveals killer horrors skills on the part of Bruckner, and to a lesser extent of Gentry and Bush. So if you don't mind a film that starts strong and finishes weak, check it out.
| Original Score: 5/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
February 29, 2008
It's a pity that the film isn't a little bit better, to really do the concept justice. It's not a bad movie...but it's not at all good in the ways that you'd hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brandon Fibbs
February 28, 2008
The perversely funny, consistently spooky and pornographically violent The Signal, is the first great cult hit of 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 22, 2008
...brings new blood to the horror genre, but in the end, one vision may have served the material better than three.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 22, 2008
An outright horror film that nonetheless veers on occasion into surreal black comedy, The Signal takes Marshall McLuhan's famous statement 'the medium is the message' to extremes not explored since David Cronenberg's Videodrome in 1983.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 22, 2008
None of the rabbit holes in The Signal go that deep. But you do leave persuaded that you've discovered some talented people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
February 22, 2008
A movie that explores the common ground between visceral horror and sketch comedy, and finds plenty of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 22, 2008
The Signal is electrifying, deliciously mad and twisted filmmaking. It's certainly not for everyone, but chances are it will inspire many.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 22, 2008
A slasher fest that references such predecessors as George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Pulse, a 2001 chiller by Japan's talented Kiyoshi Kurosawa, while still remaining original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 22, 2008
Ultimately, The Signal doesn't rewrite the rules of horror, the way those masters did. But its filmmakers do provide a creepy, bloody good show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
M.E. Russell
February 22, 2008
The film suffers slightly from diminishing returns -- its first third is by far its scariest -- but it's still a bold, artful take on a popular horror idea.
| Original Score: B
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