Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. 70
    A small revolution tucked inside clichés and willful artistic ineptitude.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    You won't feel raped by it, but you well may feel that it's too ideologically earnest for the porn crowd and too hard-core for serious audiences.
  3. 60
    The naked, artless display of nerve and rebellious bile is altogether unique in modern movies.
  4. 60
    Tthough it comes wrapped in a stylish French mantle of feminist rage and sexual empowerment, the picture ultimately belongs squarely in the tradition of rape revenge pictures.
  5. Seeks to shock and to outrage, and so far it's done both quite nicely.
  6. 50
    Certainly blunt, and since Anderson and Bach are veterans of the porn trade, there is no skimping on the sex.
  7. Strictly for adventurous moviegoers, a peculiar experience -- a polemic that is at once watchable and repellent.
  8. Fast-moving shocker, but it's a dull shocker, so morally dead that it deadens you to watch it. After a while you couldn't care less if anyone is slaughtered or raped -- including the heroines.
  9. 50
    Some may find it titillating; more will find it offensive and deeply disturbing.
  10. It's a bizarre hybrid: one part feminist screed, one part French art film and one part skin flick.
  11. As has happened before in less extreme circumstances, filmmakers with purportedly serious intentions punish their viewers for watching their envelope-pushing depiction of sex on the screen by presenting it in the most profoundly negative context imaginable.
  12. Ms. Depentes and Ms. Thi -- push such chic amoralism to its logical conclusion, composing a numbing alternation of pornographic scenarios and brutal killings. The result is like something you'd see momentarily unscrambled on a hotel television set, but with better music and a little more of a story line.
  13. 40
    Wit is in short supply -- although this journey to the end of the night derives a certain amount of punkish energy from its crude editing, cruddy-looking close-ups, strident soundtrack, and overall volatility.
  14. A vicious, hard-core version of "Thelma and Louise," going nowhere near the Grand Canyon but leaving a trail of carnage in their wake.
  15. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The filmmakers have separated themselves from all the emotions of filmmaking except anger.
  16. Sordid Thelma & Louise-ish spree, which also has certain affinities with Breathless but would be better termed Affectless.
  17. 25
    The movie's only value is in unwittingly defining more clearly how played out the whole transgressing-boundaries-as-art thing has become.
  18. The sex may be real, but the violence and acting are comically phony, resulting in something that, while intended to shock, merely revolts.
  19. 25
    It alternates between graphic, explicit sex scenes and murder scenes of brutal cruelty. You recoil from what's on the screen.
  20. 20
    Didactic, clumsily directed and abysmally acted, never lets go of its intellectualized approach long enough to deliver any real kinetic thrills.
  21. Reviewed by: Lisa Nesselson
    This hard-core pic is a half-baked, punk-inflected porn odyssey masquerading as a movie worth seeing and talking about.
  22. 0
    It's pornography of the most depressing sort.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
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    Apr 7, 2003
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