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Daniel Isn't Real (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Daniel Isn't Real, but the smart, stylish fun waiting for genre lovers in this well-acted suspense thriller is completely genuine.

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Troubled college freshman Luke (Robbins) suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (Schwarzenegger) to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind -- and his soul.

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The end goes a little off-piste, with much of the sweaty creepiness replaced by silly creature effects. There's enough before that, though, to elevate Adam Egypt Mortimer's film above the bog-standard psychological horror.

February 10, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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This schizophrenic buddy pic is the real deal.

February 7, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

If this were the '90s, 'Daniel Isn't Real' would be one of those films you stumble upon in the video store and then tell all your friends about.

February 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Enjoyably ludicrous low-budget psychological-horror...

February 5, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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There's not much to Daniel Isn't Real beyond a cynical, generic coming-of-age story and a lot of unexamined second-hand ideas about creativity, empathy, and spirituality.

December 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Pitched somewhere between "Fight Club" and a Clive Barker creature feature, "Daniel Isn't Real" is a wild ride worth taking to be in the company of its promising young stars.

December 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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