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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
After a while, a didactic overdeliberateness seeps into Noé's design, but there's no doubt that he's a new kind of dark film wizard: a...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It would be easy and convenient to dismiss Irreversible as blatant sensationalism. But Noe's bruising film is too artfully crafted to write...
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The moral of Irreversible -- time destroys everything -- isn't nearly as profound as writer-director Gaspar Noé seems to think it is,...
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By James Berardinelli
Whatever else it may be, Irreversible is disturbingly unforgettable. It is impossible to have a blasé reaction to a film this...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Once you're past THOSE scenes, and come to know the context and characters involved, you'll find something both deeply humanist and...
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
To cut Noe a break, it does become evident that he has a viable narrative concept. Told backward, á la "Memento."
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
To get to the beginning, one must first get through the end, which is almost literally unendurable.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Noe's summation is an ideological sucker-punch from a filmmaker who gets off on abusive relationships. He may as well have thrown a big...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
Noe isn't a graceful filmmaker. He wants to traumatize his audience, barnstorm us, make us pay in anxiety and sweat and scorched nerves for...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Maybe, you think, there is something daring and brilliant going on here: an excursion into the darkest territories of the human soul. But...
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