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
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  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 13, 2013
    83
    It'll get your blood pumping, before it starts spilling down your forehead.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 18, 2013
    80
    It still works its way under your skin and, by the time the highly disturbed Frank’s casualties come back to haunt him en masse, cuts sanguinely to the heart.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 15, 2013
    75
    Its audio-visual overload testifies to a group of filmmakers' belief that some films are made to be remade.
  4. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Jun 24, 2013
    66
    Maniac is a bit like watching an amputee play hopscotch: there’s no way that it’s polite to stare for this long, but you just have to see if this guy’s gonna make it to the end.
  5. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jul 25, 2013
    63
    The movie shouldn’t be dismissed outright, either. It’s a creepy experiment that stays with you.
  6. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Jun 18, 2013
    60
    Khalfoun makes the audience privy to Frank's memories, migraines, and jarring hallucinations of his mother's recalled abuses.
  7. Reviewed by: Megan Lehmann
    Mar 13, 2013
    60
    Slasher-movie fans, however, need not be put off by the stylized camera work and arty patina: this is down and dirty genre filmmaking, and the various slaughters, excruciatingly detailed scalpings and other atrocities are no less gruesome because of the highfalutin approach.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Mar 13, 2013
    60
    This merciless work of anti-entertainment is arguably admirable for being as disturbingly disgusting as it wants to be.
  9. Reviewed by: Jamie Graham
    Mar 13, 2013
    60
    The scuzz-chic visuals, sleaze-synth score and deep-cutting gore are effective, and shooting from the killer’s POV proves a valid USP. But Wood, despite giving his all, cannot match Joe Spinell’s unhinged turn in the original: nightmares in a damaged brain indeed.
  10. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jun 19, 2013
    58
    If it’s possible to be both impressed and appalled by a movie’s pull-no-punches savagery, Maniac earns that dubious distinction.
  11. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jun 27, 2013
    50
    This remake, like Frank’s horrible hobby, remains an exercise in empty repetition.
  12. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 20, 2013
    50
    The movie, told from the killer’s point of view, is genuinely unsettling and propelled by a terrific, buzzing synth soundtrack straight out of the early ’80s. But the only suspense is in which woman will be the next victim.
  13. Reviewed by: Ian Buckwalter
    Jun 20, 2013
    50
    That makes the latter portion of the film much more successful than what precedes it, an improvement aided by the fact that the POV device eventually feels less like the director trying to show off and more like an integral part of the story. But it's still not enough to save a remake that, rather than trying to fix the deep flaws of its source, just covers them in a shinier coat of paint.
  14. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jun 20, 2013
    40
    By not centering on the victims, Mr. Khalfoun nearly makes the film about pitying the panic-prone killer; the camerawork lacks the ominous, confident glide of much Steadicam horror.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 36 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 »