Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jun 18, 2013
    25
    Unfortunately, with only the bare outline of a script, no acting is required. The structure of the film is 89 minutes of brutality with a college degree. This is a warning, not a recommendation.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 29, 2013
    20
    The chief problem with such gimmick films -- including Maniac -- is that storytelling so often takes a back seat to the gimmick du jour, resulting movie that can be interesting from a technical perspective but not nearly as compelling as one would want.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Jun 27, 2013
    20
    The self-serious POV visual style has none of Brian DePalma's cheeky, unnerving and self-implicating virtuosity — it just reinforces how sick and dumb this whole feel-bad exercise in misogyny and dimestore pathology is.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 20, 2013
    0
    This poor man’s Norman Bates, though, doesn’t make us wonder what makes him tick; he makes us want to shut our eyes.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    10
    this movie was awesome! it was down right dirty and nasty and brutal. Frodo goes around scalping chicks and becoming more and more insane bythis movie was awesome! it was down right dirty and nasty and brutal. Frodo goes around scalping chicks and becoming more and more insane by the second. The film follows basically the same plot as the original although this time it is from a first person perspective. This works out really great and just hearing Elijah's voice is creepy as hell and he truly looks like a maniac when you do get a glimpse of his reflection. That is another difference, Elijah. No longer do we have a big disgusting slob as the killer but this time its lil ol Elijah. This change could have been devastating but it really works. And then were the film truly is with the gore. They hold nothing back. Right from the opening sequence I knew I was in for one hell of a ride. Way more than one woman is murdered and scalped and it is done in ruthless fashion. This movie was creepy as hell and Elijah, Aja, and friends show us (once again in Aja's case) is that remakes can be great! Full Review »
  2. Aug 4, 2013
    9
    A rare remake that is as beautiful as it is shocking; Maniac brilliantly combines brutality with beauty and the result is a smart, unnervingA rare remake that is as beautiful as it is shocking; Maniac brilliantly combines brutality with beauty and the result is a smart, unnerving and nightmarish work of art. An underrated gem that, though it has its errors, captivates. Full Review »
  3. Jun 25, 2013
    6
    Maniac isn't great, when you separate fact from fiction- but for Elijah Wood and heart throbbing action scenes, it is. The story revolvesManiac isn't great, when you separate fact from fiction- but for Elijah Wood and heart throbbing action scenes, it is. The story revolves around a be-handed man who is in a psychiatric situation and his murders which are his natural obsession. It's almost like watching BBC documentary trash but with gallons of blood. Maniac is strong at three points- Dialogue isn't great by Script?, cool car crashing bloody action, and Elijah Wood's groundbreaking performance in his first horror film. Full Review »