Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's been a while since we saw a demagogic feminist exploitation revenge drama, and Descent, while top-heavy with ''agenda,'' is shrewdly done.
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By Andrew O'Hehir
It's a lot like a '70s exploitation movie, with its determination to seduce and shock the viewer with alternating currents of electrical stimulus, and its weird combination of arty arch-decadence and neo-Victorian moralizing.
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The New York Times

Hard to watch but essential to see, Descent is at once realistic and rhetorical, and driven throughout by righteous anger that comes from an honest place.
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Village Voice

A well-acted trifle straining to be a hard-hitting morality play.
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The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Though a clearly gifted new filmmaker, Lugacy doesn't get a handle on the combustible material, and she gets scalded in the process.
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Pic's message is the one thing that's made clear: A victim can sink lower than her predator. Whether receiving that message justifies the cost of watching Descent is another question.
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TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Too elliptical to be convincing.
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Los Angeles Times

Depending on your revenge story preferences, the brutally pretentious Descent is either a payback flick with an agonizingly formless middle, or a soul-darkening head trip bracketed by a crude vengeance tale. Mostly, though, it's indie provocation trapped between shock and blah.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
There is no excusing date rape, but the revenge conceived and executed by Rosario Dawson's Maya in this revolting, amateurish drama is something you might only wish on Osama Bin Laden.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Even worse than the hacky chick revenge fantasy now showing on channel 186 of your box.
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45 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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