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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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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…

What starts as a mediocre psychological thriller finishes as a surprisingly toothsome and creative horror film, complete with creature features and journeys into the abyss.

December 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Although it eventually settles into familiar genre tropes, for much of its running time Daniel Isn't Real proves a genuinely provocative shocker.

December 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Mortimer builds Daniel Isn't Real to a conclusion that, in concept, should be both tragic and terrifying. Here, it just feels perfunctory.

December 4, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

[A] slick and thrilling take on the intersection of mental illness and creative inspiration that also doubles as a commentary on toxic masculinity.

August 2, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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