80

Film Threat

One of those films that makes you walk out muttering dark things about the future of the human race.
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70

New Times (L.A.)

By Luke Y. Thompson
As Bundy, Michael Reilly Burke (Octopus 2: River of Fear) has just the right amount of charisma and menace. It's his performance that makes the movie, giving a relatively shallow script more depth and character nuances than likely existed on the page.
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60

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Bright, who reworked co-writer Stephen Johnston's screenplay, changed all the names except Bundy's so he could "make up stuff," but the irony is how close to the facts -- at least to the degree they're known -- he stays.
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60

L.A. Weekly

Has the crisp pace and bright-eyed facetious tone of a blackout-comedy sex farce.
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60

Variety

By Derek Elley
Looks set to unsettle as many conservative auds as it will delight nihilistic film buffs.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The last scenes etch one of the most revealing depictions of capital punishment ever put on the wide screen.
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40

Village Voice

By Michael Atkinson
In the end, Ted Bundy's only justification is the director's common but unexplored fascination with the frustrated maniac; there's no larger point, and little social context. "Badlands" this ain't.
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25

New York Post

By Megan Lehmann
It's just another discordant note in this tone-deaf movie -- a trashy, exploitative, thoroughly unpleasant experience.
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20

Austin Chronicle

By Marrit Ingman
Never really sure what to say about its subject.
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0

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The Bundy portrayed here doesn't have even the veneer of charm; he's a raving psycho, and watching him work, whatever the filmmakers' intent, is revolting exploitation.
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37 out of 100
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