The Neon Demon

2016, Horror/Mystery & thriller, 1h 57m

259 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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The Neon Demon is seductively stylish, but Nicolas Winding Refn's assured eye can't quite compensate for an underdeveloped plot and thinly written characters. Read critic reviews

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Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career as a model. The head of her agency tells the innocent teen that she has the qualities to become a top star. Jesse soon faces the wrath of ruthless vixens who despise her fresh-faced beauty. On top of that, she must contend with a seedy motel manager and a creepy photographer. As Jesse starts to take the fashion world by storm, her personality changes in ways that could help her against her cutthroat rivals.

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Mary Laws
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Polly Stenham
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Michael Bassick
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Brahim Chioua
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Rachel Dik
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Victor Ho
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Steven Marshall
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Christophe Riandee
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Thor S. Sigurjonsson
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Jeffrey Stott
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Gary Michael Walters
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Christopher Woodrow
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Natasha Braier
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Matthew Newman
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Critic Reviews for The Neon Demon

All Critics (259) | Top Critics (68) | Fresh (152) | Rotten (107)

  • The Neon Demon is Refn's best movie, or at least the one that best matches his style to his subject.

    August 10, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The photograph is stunning. But the story is a hot mess.

    March 21, 2017 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • That everything is intended in bad taste is one thing; that it's all finally more bland than bitter is another.

    November 8, 2016 | Full Review…
  • If you give yourself over to The Neon Demon, let yourself be completely immersed in its hypnotic fever dream, it will stick with you, burrowed in your subconscious. It truly is a work of art.

    October 26, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A guilty pleasure should at least be entertaining on a basic level, and that's something The Neon Demon is certainly not.

    October 21, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Sliding into grand guignol, the primary colours and pointed objects evoke the 70s cinema of Dario Argento, with outré overtones of Lucio Fulci or Ruggero Deodato.

    July 10, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Neon Demon

  • May 07, 2019
    Refn's look at the LA model business plays it rather straight by his standards for quite a while. But this wouldn't be one of his films if it didn't end with weirdness and violence. While Refn plays with expectations, model stereotypes and voyeurism, it's up to the audience to decide what they take away from this. Here, obsession, jealousy and rejection lead to necrophilia and murder. That looks as stylish as you'd expect and is supported by a fitting electro soundtrack. And of course you're sent on your way with a really uneasy feeling in your guts as the end credits roll.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2017
    Visually striking movie I am not sure I fully understood, but enjoyed watching.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2017
    Wow that was very weird
    Spencer M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2017
    The Neon Demon is a horror movie? starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, and Keanu Reeves. There's so much artistic douchebaggery going on that it's hard to get a handle on what kind of film this is. The story is your basic naïve teenage girl coming to Los Angeles to make it as a fashion model and finding that success inspires the homicidal envy of her peers. The sets and costume designs are incredibly well-done, and create a very visually rich look. But there's so much symbolism and metaphor going on that it's really difficult to follow the plot. A problematic film, The Neon Demon is a fascinating dark fairy tale that's just too artistic for its own good.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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