75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
Panic about pop culture is not new. Yet Antiviral finds a novel angle of attack.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, David Cronenberg should be feeling pretty chuffed with son Brandon’s big-screen debut, a petri dish of high-concept perversity and cultural commentary teeming with lo-fi ickiness.
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67

The Playlist

By Kevin Jagernauth
It's exactly the oddball and crooked tale you'd want and expect from a Cronenberg with all the gratuitous blood, pus, bone and multiple closeups of needles piercing skin you could ask for. Dad would be proud.
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67

Film.com

By William Goss
From the concept on down, Cronenberg’s film inevitably resembles the ‘80s body horror with which father David made his name, but Brandon brings his own antiseptic eye to this queasy noir mutation, like “D.O.A.” for a self-serving near-future.
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65

NPR

With his debut picture, Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, has made a movie that's decidedly, resolutely unjunky — and more's the pity. This is a sleek, willfully elegant exercise, high on style even if it's conspicuously low on ideas.
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
A smart, subversive but rather cold debut from Brandon Cronenberg that's short of the dark wit that lit up his father's early work. Then again, comparisons are hardly fair, especially when Cronenberg Jr. clearly has plenty of ideas of his own.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
A one-joke movie--a good joke, yes, but Brandon Cronenberg's agenda clouds the clarity that's needed to fully deliver the punchline.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

For his feature film debut, Brandon Cronenberg has taken the decidedly uneasy route in more ways than one. First of all, Antiviral is a virtual panoply of high wooziness, replete with sweating, shakes, vomiting, rot-infected food and more needles piercing skin than rush hour at a free flu clinic.
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50

New York Post

By Farran Smith Nehme
The debut film of Brandon Cronenberg deals out shivers and flinches in little hypodermic jabs.
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40

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The whole movie feels like a case of the sweats, putting you in desperate need of the chicken soup of recognizable human behavior.
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55 out of 100
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