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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Reviews

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September 16, 2014
If you want a gore fix, this is it. If you're looking for a film with purpose, better wait until the bill changes.
August 12, 2013
Sure, it's compelling; the nature of the material guarantees that. But it doesn't seem to be telling us much more than that the world is a scary place and murder is ugly. We knew those things. This is tabloid chic.
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 0/5
October 15, 2005
Longe de traçar o "retrato de um assassino", o filme apela para o choque barato, mas evita o fracasso absoluto em função da força das performances de Rooker, Towles e Arnold.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 12, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
September 16, 2014
John McNaughton's direction has flashes of cinematic brilliance, but there's a disturbing lack of purpose to its clinically told and horrifyingly violent tale.
September 18, 2002
Part of the time it's art house cinema, the rest of the time its horror schlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
The emptiness in Henry seems like an artistic convenience or, worse, an evasion. What we suspect, finally, is that the deficiencies belong more to the artist than to his subject.
October 20, 2008
McNaughton, co-writer Richard Fire and Rooker have pulled off an amazing feat -- a portrait of a damaged mind that refuses to explain, judge or glamorize psychopathic violence.
May 5, 2019
A disturbing, realistic film loosely based on Henry Lee Lucas that also questions our relationship to violence in media. One of the best horrors of the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 6, 2019
Combining raw realism and commentary on violent media, McNaughton closes the gap between fictional slasher horror.
September 16, 2014
A powerful, original look at the hopeless urban underclass in the American city, where lost people nibble at the garbage of our culture -- in a kind of perverse application of the "trickle-down" theory -- hating themselves and us all the while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2013
A drama of vivid intensity, it has all the marks of a well-made, thoughtful film that does not exploit violence for its own sake or make killing a source of entertainment.
September 5, 2011
From a technical standpoint, Henry is amateurish. But ultimately it's not the gilded frame that made it a modern horror classic, but its unblinking portrait of a remorseless killer who stares back at the audience and forces them to turn away.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2002
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January 1, 2000
A low-budget tour de force that provides an unforgettable portrait of the pathology of a man for whom killing is not a crime but simply a way of passing time and relieving boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 16, 2014
McNaughton's rough, non-judgemental direction gives the film a stylishly chilling documentary feel, while the killer's use of a camcorder asks some challengingly uncomfortable questions about voyeurism and the nature of screen violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 7, 2002
Henry is a glimpse into the void that will chill, terrify and haunt you with the infinite evil in the hearts of ordinary people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2002
Unflinching, rough, and ugly. Also a damn good movie.
| Original Score: 5/5
December 5, 2016
It is unspeakably unpleasant, and it is almost perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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