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The Loved Ones Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
November 3, 2010
Australian horror film The Loved Ones proves that it is the quiet ones you have to watch out for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
November 3, 2010
The morbid jokes and the shocking moments of horror, all played straight by an excellent cast, plus some moments of grisly originality, combine in a film that's better than the average for this sort of admittedly dodgy exploitation piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
November 3, 2010
A blood-spattered, tongue-in-cheek horror comedy that features plenty of low-rent gore, some extra-cheesy lines and some terrific performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
November 3, 2010
Arguably the only flaw to The Loved Ones' gore-and-guffaws approach is that Byrne does not quite have enough strong material to fill a noticeably slender 80-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Julian Shaw
FILMINK (Australia)
November 2, 2010
Debut director Sean Byrne has carved out a flick to stand beside Brian De Palma's high school horror classic Carrie, such is the beauty and brutality of his execution. It's the best entry to the Aussie horror canon since Wolf Creek.
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
November 2, 2010
Sean Byrne makes one hell (and I mean hell) of a feature film debut with The Loved Ones. It's slick, confident and wickedly funny. Lola is straight out of Sam Raimi's nightmares; a terrifying cross between Carrie and Rachel Berry from Glee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Michael Brown
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 1, 2010
Growing pains have never been this excruciating. The Loved Ones is an instant horror classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
Tim Martain
The Mercury
October 31, 2010
The Loved Ones doesn't pull many punches, director Sean Byrne exercising an expert balance of tactical restraint and outright savagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
October 30, 2010
You will gasp in horror at the prospect of what is about to happen and then you will giggle in delight that the film actually carries out what it threatens to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
October 30, 2010
Hell hath no fury like a demented woman rejected and Robin McLeavy gives a tasty turn as Lola, the most demented young woman you'd want to take to a dance
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
October 28, 2010
Byrne announces his emphatic arrival with this movie. Australian horror has another distinctive new voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney
October 25, 2010
The savagery here has no redeeming social value and the characters are not especially interesting, but who cares when the terror is this relentless?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Morris
The Vine
October 25, 2010
Grueling in the best possible way, this is easily the best Australian horror film since Wolf Creek.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
October 24, 2010
A squeamishly self-aware bloodbath in which Lola, superbly portrayed by Robin McLeavy with hellish zeal, reveals her ambition to be the next Hannibal Lecter.
| Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 10, 2010
If John Waters and John Hughes ever conceived the idea for a modern day "Misery," we'd essentially get this Australian horror gem...
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 3, 2010
Aussie filmmaker Byrne merges teen romance and torture horror genres to unsettling effect with this pitch black comedy. And as a result, he finds a surprising level of drama within the violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
September 5, 2010
Byrne's confident feature debut takes the coming-of-age tropes of John Hughes, and adds a hefty dose of campy psychosis, creating a tale of small-town adolescent horror where the growing pains really do hurt.
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2010
Producers Mark Lazarus and Michael Boughen have stuck to their guns (and hammers and knives and kettles) and delivered a visceral and fiercely original blast of great film terror.
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
July 29, 2010
It's like a psychotic re-imagining of PRETTY IN PINK!
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
May 17, 2010
Scarcely slowing down since its Wolf Creek second wind, Australian horror continues to mate grue and giggles in this sardonic blood tide
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