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Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Reviews

September 16, 2014
In a world in which eight nearly identical Friday the 13th movies offer the adventures of Jason the ax-murderer as entertainment for teen-agers, maybe we do need this sobering alternative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 12, 2013
The film is an honest and disturbing attempt to come to grips with the sort of modern horror that we must -- more urgently every day -- try to understand.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 12, 2013
The difference between John McNaughton's incredibly chilling film and the usual serving of screen carnage is the difference between the mind of a murderer and the cynical and manipulative depiction of mindless murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
August 12, 2013
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is as fine a film as it is a brutally disturbing one.
August 12, 2013
McNaughton's direction combines a strict social realism with a cool, Fritz Langian sense of pre-determination, while his work with actors has the improvisational freshness of a John Cassavetes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 20, 2008
Certainly not for everyone, but if slasher movies are your cup of tea this is a lot better than most, and the use of Chicago locations is especially effective.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 16, 2007
[T]his is a movie that will anger and frighten audiences... Many will also find this one of the most impressive film debuts of the '80s.
June 24, 2006
McNaughton's compelling study of a blithe sociopath makes the flesh crawl and the mind reel.
July 8, 2003
There are still some shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 20, 2003
Mr. McNaughton's observations are so chilling and precise that they gain some artistic stature even when they cross the line that makes the audience voyeurs and accomplices.
April 21, 2003
John McNaughton's haunting film is a grim journey into the life of its twisted subject that refuses to moralise or judge.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 12, 2001
This film gives off a dark chill that follows you all the way home.
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.
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 24, 1986
The fact that Henry is affectless on the surface but commits exploitation-movie mayhem on the side is, by now, less an unsettling revelation than a rote banality.
Full Review | Original Score: B