83

The Playlist

By Drew Taylor
It'll get your blood pumping, before it starts spilling down your forehead.
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
It still works its way under your skin and, by the time the highly disturbed Frank’s casualties come back to haunt him en masse, cuts sanguinely to the heart.
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75

Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
Its audio-visual overload testifies to a group of filmmakers' belief that some films are made to be remade.
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66

Film.com

By William Goss
Maniac is a bit like watching an amputee play hopscotch: there’s no way that it’s polite to stare for this long, but you just have to see if this guy’s gonna make it to the end.
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63

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
The movie shouldn’t be dismissed outright, either. It’s a creepy experiment that stays with you.
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60

Total Film

By Jamie Graham
The scuzz-chic visuals, sleaze-synth score and deep-cutting gore are effective, and shooting from the killer’s POV proves a valid USP. But Wood, despite giving his all, cannot match Joe Spinell’s unhinged turn in the original: nightmares in a damaged brain indeed.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

Slasher-movie fans, however, need not be put off by the stylized camera work and arty patina: this is down and dirty genre filmmaking, and the various slaughters, excruciatingly detailed scalpings and other atrocities are no less gruesome because of the highfalutin approach.
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60

Village Voice

By Chris Packham
Khalfoun makes the audience privy to Frank's memories, migraines, and jarring hallucinations of his mother's recalled abuses.
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60

Variety

By Rob Nelson
This merciless work of anti-entertainment is arguably admirable for being as disturbingly disgusting as it wants to be.
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50

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
That makes the latter portion of the film much more successful than what precedes it, an improvement aided by the fact that the POV device eventually feels less like the director trying to show off and more like an integral part of the story. But it's still not enough to save a remake that, rather than trying to fix the deep flaws of its source, just covers them in a shinier coat of paint.
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47 out of 100
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