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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 4 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Mar 13, 2013
    It'll get your blood pumping, before it starts spilling down your forehead.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Jun 15, 2013
    Its audio-visual overload testifies to a group of filmmakers' belief that some films are made to be remade.
  3. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Jul 25, 2013
    The movie shouldn’t be dismissed outright, either. It’s a creepy experiment that stays with you.
  4. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Jun 19, 2013
    If it’s possible to be both impressed and appalled by a movie’s pull-no-punches savagery, Maniac earns that dubious distinction.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 20, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jun 20, 2013
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 20, 2013
    This poor man’s Norman Bates, though, doesn’t make us wonder what makes him tick; he makes us want to shut our eyes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Nov 5, 2013
    this 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! Expand
  2. Sep 11, 2013
    This is one of my favorite horror movies I have ever seen (only bested by the original Evil Dead). Wile a remake, it takes on an identity of its own. It is perfect. A true horror movie, no monsters, or demons, or jump scares, it is about a psycho rooted in realism. And oh what a psycho Wood makes. I never knew he had this kind of performance in him. The first person cinematography is very original and is somehow pulled off, and the music is one of the best soundtracks I have ever heard. Expand
  3. Aug 4, 2013
    A 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. Expand
  4. Dec 23, 2013
    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 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 Expand
  5. Feb 14, 2014
    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. Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2013
    Maniac 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. Expand
  7. Jun 21, 2013
    It's interesting to see Woods take a role that he has never really played before but imo it does not work out for him. He just doesn't put on that good of a performance to dominate a role in which he has a great majority of the dialogue. Proving that while he certainly has the talent, He can not carry a film all by himself. That being said, I thought it was a pretty stupid movie. The death scenes are entertaining, I'll give them that, but it's the only good thing about the film. The plot is incredibly shallow, the dialogue is very weak, and overall it's simply not that interesting. Expand

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