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  • Summary: When a Japanese widower holds an audition to search for a potential mate, he finds more than he expected in this eerie thriller.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    During the ghastly, surreal climax, I had fun closing one eye and with the other watching various ashen older men stumble toward the exit.
  2. 88
    The faint of heart might want to leave early. If you elect to stay, remember: You were warned.
  3. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    88
    Creates an atmosphere of frenzy that is both powerful and unforgettable, providing neither solace nor comfort.
  4. Brazen shocker is never less than compelling -- even when you feel compelled to shut your eyes.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Campos
    70
    One of the most shocking Japanese horror films ever. It needs to be seen to be believed, but those with queasy stomachs would do well to stay away.
  6. The first two-thirds of the movie are a kind of stumbling relationship drama, but the last third segues into a spooky feast of torture, mutilation and murder.
  7. 30
    After simmering for an eternity, it derails, with spectacular, psychotic force, bulldozing its way toward an almost unwatchable theater of cruelty.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. robz.
    Apr 12, 2009
    10
    It's been a few months now, and the images of the movie are still vivid in my mind. It is disturbing, and shocking. But yet, that's It's been a few months now, and the images of the movie are still vivid in my mind. It is disturbing, and shocking. But yet, that's what I look for in a horror movie. From the moment that phone rings in her apartment with the shock scene, the action never lets up. Expand
  2. sidewinder572
    Feb 16, 2006
    10
    The best film of the past 10 years. There I've said it. It's everything that a great horror movie should be and it's genius is The best film of the past 10 years. There I've said it. It's everything that a great horror movie should be and it's genius is that it's extremely boring for about the first hour until it slowly creeps up on you and eventually ninja kicks you in the face. Anyone who even consider themelves as a horror fan must see this film. Expand
  3. Mar 16, 2011
    9
    I absolutely love this movie. It is a brilliant combination of romance and horror. Takashi Miike really made this movie pure genius. One thingI absolutely love this movie. It is a brilliant combination of romance and horror. Takashi Miike really made this movie pure genius. One thing I love about this movie is the fact it starts off slow and then pops up right at the end. Some people not like this movie because of this, however. The script is great and the characters fit the story so well it's not even funny. The flaws with this movie is that it is really long (over 2 hours in length). Also, the movie had some parts when you didn't know what was going on. Hence, this is a fabulous movie and if you love J-horror, this is one you should watch. It is much better than a lot of American horror films these days and will keep you entertained from start to finish. Expand
  4. RJ
    Sep 18, 2007
    8
    "Audition" reminds me of "Psycho" and "Deliverance" (both brilliant films) in that it leads the audience into thinking the story is moving "Audition" reminds me of "Psycho" and "Deliverance" (both brilliant films) in that it leads the audience into thinking the story is moving along in one direction, when all of a sudden, one crucial scene appears that changes the nature of everything that has come before it and the viewer turns around to see the path they have been following is suddenly no longer there, and they are lost in the deep dark woods. After Marion Crane, the only apparent protagonist of "Psycho," with whom everyone in the audience has come to care about and identify with is shockingly murdered, the audience feels stranded and misplaced like a panicked kid who has lost his mother in a gigantic spooky department store. "Audition" has a scene like that which sneaks up on you and leaves you confounded, misled, and deeply apprehensive. It's a scene where the protagonist, Aoyama, calls up the seemingly sweet, soft-spoken young woman he has fallen for, and we see her at her apartment sitting in front of the phone as it rings. I won't go into detail, but what we immediately realize from this moment is that this young woman is severely disturbed, and to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately we, the audience, like Aoyama, have fallen into the director, Takashi Miike's, diabolical trap. Quite disturbing and memorable. Expand
  5. Apr 3, 2015
    8
    Like a slap in the face to middle aged men, AUDITION is an audacious and pitch perfect examination of true misogyny and the real fear men haveLike a slap in the face to middle aged men, AUDITION is an audacious and pitch perfect examination of true misogyny and the real fear men have of women. The film works on too many levels to count. As astounding today as it was in 1999. Expand
  6. May 14, 2013
    7
    The movie begins as a love story and if you think that this is not a horror movie, then you are wrong. At the end it happens.
    the unexpected.
    The movie begins as a love story and if you think that this is not a horror movie, then you are wrong. At the end it happens.
    the unexpected.
    The Shocking.
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  7. PeterB.
    Dec 12, 2006
    2
    This movie was awful. I honestly cannot see what everyone else sees in it. Not only is it technically unimpressive--the cinematography was a This movie was awful. I honestly cannot see what everyone else sees in it. Not only is it technically unimpressive--the cinematography was a subpar attempt to imitate a high schooler's video or photo skills-- the storyline was terrible. It took over an hour to even get into any kind of real story, and then the last half hour or so was a trippy, ridiculous and confusing rehash of the crap from first hour. Acting is poor, screenplay is unimpressive, and worst of all- IT'S NOT SCARY! Disturbing, yes, but scary it certainly is not. The unexpected turns that people talk about are not like you'd expect--they're just points in the movie where the director couldn't figure out where to go and instead said "ya know what? I'm gonna just completely change everything just to mess with people!" Avoid if at all possible. Expand

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