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The Loved Ones Reviews

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Edward Douglas
September 18, 2009
Another derivative gore-filled shocker that goes for laughs by paying homage to the low-budget video nasties of the '70s and '80s ... ridiculously sensationalistic and over-the-top
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Meredith Borders
April 3, 2013
Sean Byrne has established himself as one hell of a guy to watch with his first feature film, delivering something bright, brand new and deeply felt.
David Baldwin
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
There is clearly a lot of ambition to The Loved Ones and the near-brilliant leading performances help make the film a unique and terrifying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Witney Seibold
January 8, 2013
I kinda dug the flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Craig Skinner
January 8, 2013
The Loved Ones has a lot to offer in wit, style and entertainment and I can highly recommend it.
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
May 31, 2012
Sean Byrne endows his rote slasher material with the kind of blackly comic wit and levity that virtually guarantee its entry into the contemporary midnight-movie canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Miraudo
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
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
Mark H. Harris
January 8, 2013
The Loved Ones is a breath of fresh air for the so-called "torture porn" sub-genre of horror movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
Brian Salisbury
Film School Rejects
January 8, 2013
The most severe violence in the film is tempered by moments of effective dark humor.
Simon Foster
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.
John Ferguson
Radio Times
October 8, 2013
The torture-porn genre gets a Day-Glo makeover in this hilariously deranged Ocker shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Anders Wotzke
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
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
Scott Weinberg
September 21, 2009
One of the coolest Aussie offerings of the past several years. Horror-wise, anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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
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.
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