The Neon Demon Reviews

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July 8, 2016
It is as sordid as it is entertainingly preposterous, as the director makes a misguided attempt at mansplaining the fashion world of Los Angeles.
July 7, 2016
A wonderfully stylish and stylised movie, an exercise in narcissism and grotesquerie in which director Nicolas Winding Refn takes a morbid pleasure in showing young and glamorous people behaving in a very ugly and self-obsessed fashion.
July 7, 2016
The movie is either a sick dark joke or a multicoloured hoot, depending on your opinion. The only certainty: when in doubt Refn will have a character vomit up an eyeball.
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.
June 23, 2016
A special kind of awful. I'd talk about the acting, but I never saw any; it's all posing. Director Refn seems to saying that the L.A. beauty business is superficial and needs to be avoided. Ditto this movie.
June 23, 2016
Neon Demon is something to look at. It's gotta lot of bark and a little bit of a bite. It just never sinks in.
Top Critic
June 23, 2016
I'd like to tell you how dumbfoundingly awful The Neon Demon is, but I know when to give up.
Top Critic
June 23, 2016
The mesmeric pull of The Neon Demon cannot be denied. It lures you in for the kill.
June 23, 2016
Stylish and creepy, but also simplistic and hollow. As an indictment of the beauty industry, it's only skin-deep.
June 23, 2016
"The Neon Demon" is hot garbage that dares you to call it offensive. In addition, it's offensive.
June 23, 2016
Refn ("Drive") is a visual stylist, first and foremost, and he never lets the audience forget it. "Demon" is a monument to his self-regard ...
June 23, 2016
Yes, Refn indulges his camera to the point of luxuriating, but then, he has reason to believe you'll stay with him.
June 23, 2016
This stylish shocker by writer-director Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) equates physical beauty with the life force-the metaphor is intriguing, but not enough to compensate for his cliched portrayal of the modeling business as a glamorous snake pit.
June 23, 2016
The Neon Demon is a cautionary tale about youth, beauty and Los Angeles, a vampiric study of modelling that is both terrifying and hilarious.
June 23, 2016
Like Refn's one-dimensional women, this movie thinks it's profound when it's really just drop-dead gorgeous.
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