Death and the Maiden Synopsis
Ex-prisoner (Sigourney Weaver) puts her presumed torturer (Ben Kingsley) on trial.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Death and the Maiden doesn't always escape its contraption origins, but it ends with one of the most honest-and poetic- reckonings of human...
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89

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
Death and the Maiden is a streamlined razor-ride of a movie: taut, riveting, and a psychological horror show that will leave nail-marks in...
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88

TV Guide

The material is well served by director Roman Polanski, who knows well how to instill a subtle, claustrophobic sense of dread in an...
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80

Empire

By Kim Newman
Even by their high standards, the performances of Weaver and Kingsley here are impressive, and Polanski ratchetts up the tension nicely. A...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Death and the Maiden never fulfills the evocative promise of those initial frames...Beyond that, you have to settle for a craftsman working...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Polanski directs the film without a wasting a moment. The occasional humor does nothing to relieve tension but, as in a Hitchcock picture,...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Death and the Maiden is all about acting. In other hands, even given the same director, this might have been a dreary slog.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Polanski, working from a fluid script by Dorfman and Rafael Yglesias ("Fearless"), gives the story its due. He creates an atmosphere of...
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63

San Francisco Examiner

There's not much mystery here; there's only one outcome that could possibly make dramatic sense. And once you realize that, there's not...
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Polanski abandons all attempts at subtlety. The resulting production ends up far too heavy-handed to be considered powerful drama.
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Death And The Maiden

By Ruby_Redz
OUTSTANDING!!!!! I think this one of my 2nd best movie by Roman Polanski. Rosemary's Baby still one of my favorites. The storyline was exceptionally well done, especially since throughout the entire...

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