Metascore
31

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10

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Critic Reviews

  1. But what truly distinguishes the movie is Cage's performance, which is so off the wall that even if you don't like it you have to watch in awe.
  2. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Pauline Kael
    70
    The picture seems to crumble... because the writer and director don't distinguish Loew's fantasies from his actual life... But with Cage in the role we certainly see the delusions at work. This daring kid starts over the top and just keeps going. He's airily amazing. [12 June 1989]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 10, 2013
    10
    Still my favourite movie after all these years and many viewings. You see something new each time. The story and performances are soStill my favourite movie after all these years and many viewings. You see something new each time. The story and performances are so complex you really can't tell where people are actually coming from. I've way too dramatic and scary to be a comedy, way too funny to be a horror drama, it's not wonder a lot of people can't wrap their minds around this movie. Yes you don't ever 'identify' with Cage's character but you do identify with all his victims, something that is pretty rare. Physically he doesn't change thoughout the movie but by the end you can't even believe Lowe is being played by the same actor he has been so transformed by his disease or madness or whatever it is. And it's shot just beautifully. Highly recommended if you want to see something completely different for a change. Full Review »
  2. Sep 22, 2013
    9
    This movie is amazing in the sense that it takes you back to that late 80s feel. It is definitely worth the title of being a comedy horror, asThis movie is amazing in the sense that it takes you back to that late 80s feel. It is definitely worth the title of being a comedy horror, as the scenes with Cage's insanity are hilarious, but some scenes are just quite creepy and make you feel uncomfortable. And all along the goddamn contract was somewhere in the goddamn ****ing files! Full Review »
  3. JonP.
    Apr 19, 2006
    9
    I actually would give this 10, but that might make you think I'm a nut. This film is sinisterly underrated. Cage's performance is I actually would give this 10, but that might make you think I'm a nut. This film is sinisterly underrated. Cage's performance is amazing AND funny AND a long way out there. AND the guy eats a live 'roach onscreen. If you pay attention (unlike some critics) director Bierman does sort out the fantasy/reality divide quite precisely. And gets great shock value out of the careful, single use of the word '....'. You will be shouting "Alva! There you are!" for years to come. Full Review »