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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.
  • Director: Takashi Miike
  • Genre(s): Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Romance
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 115 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    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. The images here are graphic and disturbing. But Miike somehow manages to stop just short of disgusting.
  3. Reviewed by: Patrick Z. McGavin
    Creates an atmosphere of frenzy that is both powerful and unforgettable, providing neither solace nor comfort.
  4. This movie can be recommended only to dyed-in-the-wool fans of the genre. Anyone who goes into one of Miike's films must be prepared to be put through the wringer.
  5. Reviewed by: Eric Campos
    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: 22 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. robz.
    Apr 12, 2009
    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
    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. nicka
    Sep 9, 2006
    Horrible, unnerving, grisly, haunting, this film works because it doesn't do what you think it will, some of the scenes are quite gut wrenching and difficult to watch but regardless this is another superb effort from Miike. Expand
  4. RJ
    Sep 18, 2007
    "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. May 9, 2012
    What a crazy f*cking broad! It was actually not as disturbing as I thought it would be. For about five minutes towards the end I found myself sitting with my mouth wide open staring in awe at the screen. But that's really the only disturbing part of it. Whether you find it disturbing or not, you cannot deny that this is a masterpiece of horror. I will definitely come back to this movie from time to time. Expand
  6. Sep 2, 2014
    Part romance, part horror, "Audition" does both parts well. The romance is quite bittersweet, and the horror is absolutely terrifying. It takes quite a while for anything notable to happen, but once the movie starts getting darker, the movie gets extremely disturbing and scary. It's also very well acted and shot, and "Audition" is also a very entertaining movie to watch. I recommend this film for every horror fan. Expand
  7. PeterB.
    Dec 12, 2006
    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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