The Neon Demon Reviews

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June 26, 2016
Pretentious and self-indulgent, it seems tailor-made to appeal to lovers of the obtuse and inscrutable until it takes a left-turn into schlocky, gore-drenched splatter imagery.
June 24, 2016
Archly silly, quotable, visually hypnotic and perfectly suited for repeat viewings. On first watch, the film is bizarre, hallucinatory, shockingly gruesome. A second watch unlocks the dumb-clever charms of Refn's script
June 24, 2016
Refn is hardly the first moviemaker to find a link between supermodels and scary monsters, but he may be the most style-minded one to make the connection. Imagine an issue of Vogue with Maleficent as guest editor.
June 24, 2016
Things go downhill rapidly as the movie descends into horror material that is laughably grotesque yet so visually cool it remains fatally unfunny.
June 24, 2016
There's no denying the beauty of Refn's images, even if his puerile instincts are at odds with his obvious pretensions. Those who cry it's shallow and ugly won't be wrong; others will love it for those very reasons.
June 24, 2016
A bold visionary artist, Refn seems able to revel in the culture of instant gratification while also subjecting it to critique.
April 2, 2019
The Neon Demon swerves wildly between visionary genius and laughably trashy "shock" cinema - it deserves both one and five stars, so we've split the difference. You'll either love or loathe it.
March 30, 2019
THE NEON DEMON will be remembered as a great experiment gone somewhat askew. Rather than adopt cheap clichés and formula, Refn embraces complex themes to tell an astounding original story.
March 2, 2019
... brilliant both visually and in its hilarious skewering of a problematic industry I've never been able to understand or embrace.
February 20, 2019
The Neon Demon is a genuinely mesmerising combination of image and sound. It's a flashy film where you can't take your eyes off the screen in case of risking missing some perfectly composed and original shot.
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