Descent Synopsis
A college student seeks vengeance on a boy who attacked her.
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75

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...
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70

Salon.com

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...
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70

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...
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60

Village Voice

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A well-acted trifle straining to be a hard-hitting morality play.
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58

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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50

Variety

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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...
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38

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Too elliptical to be convincing.
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30

Los Angeles Times

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Depending on your revenge story preferences, the brutally pretentious Descent is either a payback flick with an agonizingly formless...
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25

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...
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12

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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Terrible

By pixieray
While it is true that stories about rape victims are probably difficult to tell well, I'm still appalled that this movie got made and got any kind of distribution. I saw this at the Tribeca Film...