Critics Consensus

Visually audacious, disorienting, and just plain weird, Videodrome's musings on technology, entertainment, and politics still feel fresh today.



Total Count: 49


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Videodrome is a pulsating science fiction nightmare about a world where video can control and alter human life.


Critic Reviews for Videodrome

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (10)

  • Simultaneously stupefying and boring, Videodrome is too extreme a blunder to survive exposure to a justifiably disillusioned horror-movie public.

    Aug 4, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Film is dotted with video jargon and ideology which proves more fascinating than distancing. And Cronenberg amplifies the freaky situation with a series of stunning visual effects.

    Jun 6, 2007 | Full Review…

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  • Never coherent and frequently pretentious, the film remains an audacious attempt to place obsessive personal images before a popular audience -- a kind of Kenneth Anger version of Star Wars.

    Jun 6, 2007 | Full Review…
  • There are distinct signs of strain in the plot convolutions, not least in the spectator's loss of faith over indiscriminate and cheating use of hallucination; what certainly survives is Cronenberg's wholesale disgust with the world in general.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Though Videodrome finally grows grotesque and a little confused, it begins very well and sustains its cleverness for a long while.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • On a line starting with quality and ending with incompetence.

    Apr 17, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Videodrome

  • Jun 26, 2016
    I love the practical FX, I still don't know how David Cronenberg made it but I have to say, good acting, best animation sequences.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    "I don't get it..." "Don't worry about it." "So it's been a hallucination since the beginning?" "Don't worry about it." "I'm totally lost, can you explain it?" "Don't worry about it."
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2015
    Consider Videodrome to be the first cut of Existenz. A lot of the same themes are here and Cronenberg had more money and chops to do something better with that film. We have a lot here however that is memorable. I do realize that Cronenberg loves the gore but I do have to admit that a lot of it is unnecessary for telling this tale.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2013
    A truly fascinatingly disturbing film. The idea of how humanity is so dependent on technology, its not just a necessity, its becoming part of us. Featuring some unsettling topics, such as hardcore snuff films and brain tumors, Videodrome will not be the most pleasant ride for anyone. As well as and superb effects, Videodrome is topped with a strong performance from James Woods, who I felt wasn't the most sympathetic character or someone you could connect with, but it was one performance that stood out regardless. David Cronenberg's Videodrome has a chilling message, which is rather relevant for today, on how technology is becoming more advanced, which then leads to the demand in explicit/graphic entertainment rise. This may not entertain everyone, however, its power and messages should be looked at in detail.
    Samuel R Super Reviewer

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