Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    90
    Mesmerizing art-noirish thriller.
  2. Plays out like a sprinter competing in his first distance race: It bursts forth with tremendous energy, sustains itself for quite a while, loses steam near the end but finishes ahead of most of the pack.
  3. Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo creates the same world of devils and innocents that grounds so much of Spain's modern, seeped-in-Satanic-evil horror, recast in a secular cinematic vocabulary.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    80
    The story is bound together with gaming set pieces that are strange, inventive and mesmerizing.
  5. A sharp brainteaser of a film, a compelling mind game you compulsively play along with.
  6. The latest movie from Spain to use the conventions of the thriller to explore knotty and fascinating philosophical questions.
  7. Reviewed by: Jonathan Holland
    80
    A self-aware, intriguing and technically accomplished fantasy thriller firmly in the Hollywood tradition, Intact has a confidence and expertise not seen from a Spanish tyro since Alejandro Amenabar's "Thesis" (1996).
  8. The story of this Spanish thriller is weak in psychological credibility but strong in suspense, novelty, and imagination.
  9. Intriguing, provocative stuff.
  10. 70
    Devilishly clever and boasting a killer finale, Intacto is this year's "Memento" -- only Spanish.
  11. Somewhere in this broody ''Twilight Zone''-ish story about magical thinking (and the lure, to filmmakers, of garish casino culture) is a provocative and maybe even shocking thought on the Holocaust as a crapshoot.
  12. 63
    I admired Intacto more than I liked it, for its ingenious construction and the way it keeps a certain chilly distance between its story and the dangers of popular entertainment.
  13. 63
    Mix of stylish action and meta-musings, provides plenty of confusing, satisfying surprises, though it could have used more tightness and punch.
  14. 63
    Depending on your personal tastes, Intacto will either be an ambitious concoction of cerebral science-fiction or a towering pile of nonsense. The truth lies somewhere in between.
  15. First-time feature director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's dark, complex allegory about luck, chance and fate is one of the year's most morbidly fascinating foreign films.
  16. 63
    The movie pits fortune against destiny and has an enigmatic old time splitting the difference.
  17. Shot mostly at night, in high-contrast images, punctuated by rock-video collages, Intacto is nothing if not hip, but its questions are more coffee-shop hypothetical than genuinely profound.
  18. 60
    Consistently absorbing -- thanks in large part to strong performances from the actors -- but not particularly rewarding.
  19. 40
    Fresnadillo's film is little more than a gloomy and attenuated Twilight Zone episode, reminiscent of Alex Cox's portentous "The Winner" (1997) without the truly breathtaking conclusion.
  20. It's a shame that, somewhere in his mystagogical handstanding, Fresnadillo forgot the real world.
  21. 25
    A convoluted, pointless thriller that wastes the considerable talent of Max von Sydow.
  22. The film's a swell way of torturing yourself for 108 minutes.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. RichN.
    May 17, 2007
    9
    A film with tunning visuals and full of imagination and suspense. There are some scenes in this film that'll forever stick with you (and A film with tunning visuals and full of imagination and suspense. There are some scenes in this film that'll forever stick with you (and remain in your unconsciousness). You'll always be able to recall those "certain" moments. Full Review »
  2. ChadS.
    Apr 18, 2007
    8
    Since the men and women in this bizarro world has luck on their side, "Intacto" could've been a thinking man's "X-Men", but these Since the men and women in this bizarro world has luck on their side, "Intacto" could've been a thinking man's "X-Men", but these people are too self-absorbed; too passionate about the lucrative "silly-games-that-makes-paintball-look-cerebral" market. It's Samuel(Max Von Sydow), a concentration camp survivor turned evil(sound familiar?), which will remind some of the 20th Century Fox franchise, helmed in short order by Brian Singer(yay!) and Brett Ratner(boo!). Only Sara(Monica Lopez) fits the bill of being superhero-like. As a recently widowed cop, Sara is not in the game for herself, she's trying to bring a fugitive(Tomas, played by Leonardo Sbaraglia) to justice. Tomas(who has proven himself as seasoned in cheating death) could rush into burning buildings to save babies instead of being pimped around by Federico(Eusebio Poncela) on the "silly-games-that..."-circuit. "Intacto" isn't about good-versus-evil, but the matchup exists on the periphery(Sara(good) waits on the sidelines when Samuel(evil) dukes it out with Tomas). "Intacto" is a film about greed, extrapolated(there's a faint sci-fi element to this story), to highlight the anti-philanthropist ways of the super-rich, who'd rather indulge in the most trivial of pursuits than help other people. Full Review »