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 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Oct 18, 2014
    3
    I wasn't expecting much from this movie, and I got what I expected. The film is told from the killer's perspective, as in, the camera is inI wasn't expecting much from this movie, and I got what I expected. The film is told from the killer's perspective, as in, the camera is in the first-person perspective. Elijah Wood did an alright job with playing the mentally unstable Frank, but those two aspects were the only good things about the movie. It didn't have a single developed character, which made the kills pretty dull, and the plot is very generic for a slasher film. There was also no tension, which made the movie even more boring. It's basically a poor man's Psycho. Full Review »
  2. Feb 14, 2014
    6
    Maniac is not shy when it comes to violence and sex but does however contain a simple story line made into a complex situation that at times,Maniac is not shy when it comes to violence and sex but does however contain a simple story line made into a complex situation that at times, is difficult to follow. Full Review »
  3. Dec 23, 2013
    8
    This movie is amazing, and it can't believe the metascore is only a mere 47/100. It should at least be in the 60s. Anyways, this is a greatThis movie is amazing, and it can't believe the metascore is only a mere 47/100. It should at least be in the 60s. Anyways, this is a great movie, with beautiful cinematography, an amazing soundtrack, solid acting, great special effects and interesting characters. Check it out on Netflix if you haven't seen it. 8/10 Full Review »