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The Loved Ones


Genre :

Horror, Thriller

Release Date :

June 01, 2012 (Limited)

Director :

Sean Byrne

Starring :

Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson, John Brumpton, Andrew S. Gilbert, Suzi Dougherty, Victoria Eagger, Suzi Dougherty

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“..when the filmmaker keeps his focus on Lola and Brent's "date," Byrne shows his mastery of shock, suspense and the well-timed, deeply demented laugh..”
by Pam Grady [Boxoffice Magazine]
4 of 5

“..we are left squirming in our seats, never quite knowing whether to laugh, cry or hurl, as The Loved Ones drives its thrill ride right into the skull..”
by Anton Bitel [Eye for Film]
“..transcends mere torture porn - though there's plenty for the squeamish to squirm over here -- in its deftly controlled mix of empathy, grotesquerie and sardonic humor..”
by Dennis Harvey [Variety]
3.5 of 5

“..pushes the horror until it dents its own credibility. That won't necessarily matter with the young target audience, but I don't think it's intentional..”
by Paul Byrnes [Sydney Morning Herald]
3 of 4

“..its tone is too light, its manner too cavalier, to be bogged down by the kind of portentous posturing that made Eli Roth's film reek of self-importance..”
by Calum Marsh [Slant Magazine]
3 of 4

“..in a flair for color and composition and general sense of style that too few films like it have the sense to bother with..”
by Calum Marsh [Slant Magazine]
3 of 4

“..has its bloody moments, but it knows just how much to show to make you squirm and then leaves the rest to the soundtrack and the build-up to the next macabre moment..”
by Erik Childress [eFilmCritic.com]
4.5 of 5

“..grueling in the best possible way, this is easily the best Australian horror film since Wolf Creek and yet another ad for the outback as a place populated entirely by murderous freaks..”
by Anthony Morris [The Vine]
4 of 5

“..delivered a visceral and fiercely original blast of great film terror..”
by Simon Foster [sbs.com.au]
3 of 5

“..arguably the only flaw to The Loved Ones' gore-and-guffaws approach is that Byrne does not quite have enough strong material to fill a noticeably slender 80-minute running time..”
by Leigh Paatsch [Herald Sun]
4 of 5

“..a good horror movie balances its gore with more subtle methods of frightening its audience..”
by Tim Martain [The Mercury]

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“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


“..the spirits may have been willing with Poltergeist but the movie is weak..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..more depravity, more terrible acting..”
by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


“..a black riff on a certain stripper movie smash..”
by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


“..the rest of it - the healer, the journalist, the falcons - is just a thick, tedious layer of frost on the window..”
by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


“..the camera prowls menacingly through the interiors, but the writers seem too content with their improbable conceit to bother with back story or character arcs..”
by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


“..there's plenty of entertainment value to found. Just don't expect to leave the film with a smile on your face and joy in your heart..”
by Blair Hoyle [Cinema Slasher]


“..it is a creamily sensuous, richly observed piece of work, handsomely detailed and furnished..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


“..Youth has a wan eloquence and elegance, though freighted with sentimentality and a strangely unearned and uninteresting macho-geriatric regret for lost time, lost film projects, lost love..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]