The Reflecting Skin 1990

The Reflecting Skin

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Growing up in the 1950s in small-town Idaho, 8-year-old Seth (Jeremy Cooper) and his friends play a prank on the town recluse, a widow named Dolphin Blue (Lindsay Duncan). When his friends start disappearing, Seth becomes convinced Dolphin is a vampire, stealing the souls of the neighborhood children one by one. After his brother, Cameron (Viggo Mortensen), returns home and takes a liking to Dolphin, Seth feels it's up to him to save Cameron from his friends' fate.

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Critic Reviews for The Reflecting Skin

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (2)

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    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Seth's descent is one into a very American imagination of violence - defined less by actions he takes than those he allows to happen, cheap thrills that yield disastrous consequences. Sound akin to anything toward which we're teetering these days?

    October 29, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • a portrait of America that is, in all its estranging hyperrealism & 'magic hour' sheen, both iconic & oneiric - a dreamy, doomy antidote to nostalgia in which rural naturalism, gothic touches and a constant mood of menace all combine

    April 18, 2020 | Full Review…
  • By setting The Reflecting Skin in middle America in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, Ridley allows himself plenty of opportunity to contrast the country's post-War boom with the psychic destruction of a returning soldier like Cameron.

    August 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Haunting and hypnotic, The Reflecting Skin gets under the skin and is content to remain there.

    August 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Moves with dreamlike confidence through a culvert of hard realities that are unflinching and insufferable, sometimes to the point of personal discomfort.

    July 1, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Reflecting Skin

  • Apr 16, 2014
    I wish somebody could explain to me what I just watched.I have NO idea what this movie was suppose to be about.The only thing I know is that this movie was WEIRD!!! Every single person in The Reflecting Skin seemed to have mental problems or some issues they were dealing with.If you like WEIRD movies then this is the movie for you.I only watched The Reflecting Skin because it was listed under Horror.I don't know what type this movie should be listed under but it should not be Horror.There was nothing scary or horrifying about it.It was just...... WEIRD!!!
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2010
    An intresting film about the "nightmare of childhood." I could see a lot of people complaining about the seemingly random and creepy events of the film, but I think they are missing the point. The movie is shown through the eyes of a 9 year old boy who is going through several traumatizing expierences and nobody who he looks up to is able to explain what is going on in his life, so he is forced to create his own answers for why these things are happening to him. The film will leave you as confused as the boy is, but that is the point. Either way an excellent directorial debut from British playwright Phillip Ridley and several good performances from the actors (most notably a young Viggo Mortenson.) Recommended for fans of the bizarre,
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2009
    A little boy in rural post-WWII America believes that his lonely widow neighbor is a vampire who is killing his friends and wants to kill his beloved older brother. A literary and ambiguous slice of Midwestern Gothic that teems with unresolved metaphors.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 28, 2009
    An odd and disturbing, surreal Aussiie film which incorporates several creepy themes into its plot. Very high production values. Fans of the film Powder should enjoy the sinister and quirky storyline.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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