Metascore
55

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 25, 2013
    75
    There's a certain bravery in Brandon's full embrace of the themes of Cronenberg père, who may be returning the favor with his next film, the Hollywood satire "Maps to the Stars."
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Apr 25, 2013
    75
    Panic about pop culture is not new. Yet Antiviral finds a novel angle of attack.
  3. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Apr 10, 2013
    75
    For all its preoccupation with disease, Antiviral isn’t especially visceral. The movie can be repulsive at times, but Cronenberg is more interested in ideas than in blood and guts.
  4. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Apr 18, 2013
    70
    Antiviral is often fascinating to watch. If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Apr 11, 2013
    70
    Brandon Cronenberg clearly understands that he has to deal with the legacy of his last name, and Antiviral feels to me like a perverse act of exorcism, half tribute and half cleansing ritual.
  6. Reviewed by: Chuck Wilson
    Apr 10, 2013
    70
    Papa Cronenberg must be proud, but be advised: If there's a blood test in your future, book it before seeing this movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Megan Lehmann
    Apr 5, 2013
    70
    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, David Cronenberg should be feeling pretty chuffed with son Brandon’s big-screen debut, a petri dish of high-concept perversity and cultural commentary teeming with lo-fi ickiness.
  8. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Apr 6, 2013
    67
    It's exactly the oddball and crooked tale you'd want and expect from a Cronenberg with all the gratuitous blood, pus, bone and multiple closeups of needles piercing skin you could ask for. Dad would be proud.
  9. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Apr 5, 2013
    67
    From the concept on down, Cronenberg’s film inevitably resembles the ‘80s body horror with which father David made his name, but Brandon brings his own antiseptic eye to this queasy noir mutation, like “D.O.A.” for a self-serving near-future.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 11, 2013
    65
    With his debut picture, Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, has made a movie that's decidedly, resolutely unjunky — and more's the pity. This is a sleek, willfully elegant exercise, high on style even if it's conspicuously low on ideas.
  11. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Apr 5, 2013
    60
    A smart, subversive but rather cold debut from Brandon Cronenberg that's short of the dark wit that lit up his father's early work. Then again, comparisons are hardly fair, especially when Cronenberg Jr. clearly has plenty of ideas of his own.
  12. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Apr 11, 2013
    50
    The debut film of Brandon Cronenberg deals out shivers and flinches in little hypodermic jabs.
  13. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Apr 7, 2013
    50
    A one-joke movie--a good joke, yes, but Brandon Cronenberg's agenda clouds the clarity that's needed to fully deliver the punchline.
  14. Reviewed by:  Geoff Pevere
    Apr 5, 2013
    50
    For his feature film debut, Brandon Cronenberg has taken the decidedly uneasy route in more ways than one. First of all, Antiviral is a virtual panoply of high wooziness, replete with sweating, shakes, vomiting, rot-infected food and more needles piercing skin than rush hour at a free flu clinic.
  15. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Apr 11, 2013
    40
    At a certain point, Antiviral doesn’t know where to go or how to break out of its vacuum-sealed sepulcher, and Syd, even when vomiting blood, remains as incorporeal and creepy as a ghost. This is a movie that drinks its own tainted blood.
  16. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Apr 9, 2013
    40
    The whole movie feels like a case of the sweats, putting you in desperate need of the chicken soup of recognizable human behavior.
  17. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 6, 2013
    40
    Icky though it is, Antiviral never builds the sort of character investment or narrative momentum that would allow its visceral horrors to seriously disturb, rather than seeming like choice gross-out moments lovingly designed for maximum viewer recoil.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Apr 5, 2013
    40
    Brandon Cronenberg's movie is made with some technical skill and focus, but it is agonisingly self-regarding and tiresome.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 25, 2013
    7
    Antiviral is an impressive debut by son of David Chronenberg, Brandon Chronenberg that features an intelligent and satirical plot that is both original and creative and is filmed beautifully with visually striking use of lighting and setting and the acting seems to be fine, Malcolm McDowell being the best actor in the film of course. My major problem with the film is that it is a chore to watch; it is very slow and quite boring at times and is even a little dull. Antiviral is definitely a good film, I can't doubt it, and I probably would recommend it to people, but it is not for everyone and I definitely cannot see myself watching it again out of pleasure. Full Review »
  2. May 30, 2013
    2
    This could have been "fleshed out" into a reasonably entertaining Sci-Fi horror tale in the hands of someone who has developed the skill set to produce a coherent, suspenseful, and understandable storyline. Instead, this disjointed, painfully slow, essentially one character diatribe is presented in its place. and passed off as something deep and profound. Honestly, I've seen movies made by High School students that were better than this. It's mind boggling to imagine all the time and money wasted on this effort. Full Review »
  3. Apr 13, 2013
    8
    Antiviral is an interesting film. It stays far away from mainstream tradition of horror and instead goes for the kind of body horror that was obviously inspired by Brandon Cronenberg's father, David Cronenberg. The film gets a bit dull in the middle, but I was never actually bored. I should also note a very strong performance by Caleb Landry Jones. Full Review »