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With a dense, often impermeable style and a mentally unstable protagonist, Simon Killer is like watching the disturbed anti-hero of "Afterschool" all grown up. Read full review
The movie fares less well when the plot and Simon’s neuroses come to the surface, but there is some tremendous suspense in the movie’s final scene. Read full review
Writer-director Antonio Campos, making excellent use of the queasy rhythms of a percussive musical score, keeps piling up the dread as we wonder just how dangerous Simon can be to the women who keep taking pity on him. Read full review
The film has many elements of a thriller, but ultimately Antonio Campos's interest lies much more in profiling, yet never over-determining, his moody protagonist. Read full review
Simon Killer is a beautifully made look at ugliness and brutality, the kind of oxymoronic exercise that fascinates some and repels others. Read full review
The film is frequently masterful, suggesting the turbulent inner state of an American sociopath who believes himself to be a good guy. Read full review
Black-veined and dark-hearted, this is another persuasive character study from Campos. Read full review
Brady Corbet is excellent as thoroughly unlikable Simon. Read full review
A relentless and largely unrewarding descent into an ostensibly personal hell. Read full review
Even at its most affecting, Simon Killer rarely seems like more than a cinema-du-Gaspar-Noé simulacrum. The languorous long-takes, dissociative sound design and strobe-light scene transitions meant to mirror this emotional con artist’s skewed view of the world are anxiety-of-influence hand-me-downs through and through—viscera without vision. Read full review
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