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The Loved Ones

Overview


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

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  Be the 1st!

“..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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