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Daniel Isn't Real Reviews

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January 6, 2020
Whether this is your cup of tea or not, one must admire DeLeeuw for the mystic-induced creativity and Mortimer for the capably execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 24, 2019
Daniel Isn't Real is a really fun possession movie. But I'm not so sure that it mobilizes its demon-ization for anything more than that.
December 20, 2019
What connects us to the movie is curiosity rather than suspense...At its most likable, this film is very Jung at heart.
December 16, 2019
2019 hasn't been an especially strong year for horror, but with Daniel Isn't Real, at least it's ended on a high note.
December 16, 2019
By trading a splatterfest premise for a metaphysical head trip, and by trading skin-slashing for head-scratching, the director has opened up his world to so many more ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 16, 2019
Daniel Isn't Real will be hovering just beyond the corner of your eye, looking amusedly over your shoulder, and breathing menacingly on your neck, for a long time to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 13, 2019
Daniel Isn't Real is happy to give us metaphors, but it also goes for the throat in a very dynamic manner.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 12, 2019
Daniel Isn't Real is strong in its technical efforts, but it suffers greatly from a messy script and a story that isn't sure of what it wants to be.
December 10, 2019
This is a kindhearted but emotionally rigorous journey to the precipice of madness that isn't afraid to go Screaming Mad George when the time comes to spread the splatter.
December 9, 2019
There's a fascinating idea lurking in this arthouse psycho-horror drama... And it's a bit of a shame that nothing really comes of that, as the film tips over into inventively rendered nastiness, but little more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 8, 2019
Director Adam Egypt Mortimer's Daniel Isn't Real (based on the novel by Brian DeLeeuw) is an exceptional psychological horror/fantasy which is rich in character and strong on visual imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2019
Mortimer plunges us down the rabbit hole of serious mental health struggles, depicting what happens when a damaged identity becomes divided against itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 6, 2019
Even if it never really does a memorable deep-dive into psychological or emotional territory, this effective horror movie starts with a good idea and stays true to it throughout its running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 6, 2019
The moderately creepy premise is squandered by a disappointing series of final-act twists that steer toward genre conventions.
December 6, 2019
Reminiscent of both "Faust" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" but with a B-Movie esthetic. The Terminator's son is excellent as Hyde.
December 6, 2019
Daniel Isn't Real has plenty of ambition and there are little pleasures here and there, but much like its central character, it never quite manages to connect in a satisfying manner.
December 6, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2019
Act 3 takes a weird and welcome Clive Barker turn, which is when elements stop being so stylishly predictable and become sloppily fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3
December 5, 2019
The third act of Daniel Isn't Real ... searches for an answer to the mystery of Daniel, and in unlocking it, the movie loses itself...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 5, 2019
[Director] Adam Egypt Mortimer crafts Luke's descent with flourishes of Lynchian madness and an almost psychosexual level of paranoia.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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