• Released
  • February 15, 2012
  • (Limited)
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • Psychological Drama
    Crime Drama

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Critic Ratings

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90

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
This coldly compelling film doesn't try to explain Michael's behavior or analyze his disease. As if doing penance for Michael's sins, it...
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80

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Writer-director Markus Schleinzer's exceedingly dark drama -- guaranteed to make audiences squirm in their seats -- is emotionally...
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80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Brace yourself and go see it.
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80

Empire

By Damon Wise
As horrifying and hard to watch as you'd expect a paedophile's-eye view of life to be. It's neither sensationalist nor trite, and the...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Dreadful as the subject matter is, the authenticity of the performances and the skill of Schleinzer's filmmaking are difficult to deny in...
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70

Variety

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Illustrating the banality of evil in an impressively controlled and sometimes darkly humorous fashion, Michael takes a coolly...
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A film that's hard to watch and hard to recommend.
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
It's hard to make a movie about a pederast without being exploitative, and Michael eventually comes to feel like an art house stunt.
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40

Village Voice

By Nick Pinkerton
Not everything that is human is naturally interesting, and Schleinzer approaches his subject not as an investigator, but as though covering...
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38

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
A (relatively) tasteful and restrained approach to potentially lurid subject matter isn't necessarily any better than one that gives in...
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