The Neon Demon (2016) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Neon Demon (2016)



Critic Consensus: The Neon Demon is seductively stylish, but Nicolas Winding Refn's assured eye can't quite compensate for an underdeveloped plot and thinly written characters.

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When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

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Abbey Lee
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Critic Reviews for The Neon Demon

All Critics (252) | Top Critics (48)

It is as sordid as it is entertainingly preposterous, as the director makes a misguided attempt at mansplaining the fashion world of Los Angeles.

July 8, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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A wonderfully stylish and stylised movie, an exercise in narcissism and grotesquerie in which director Nicolas Winding Refn takes a morbid pleasure in showing young and glamorous people behaving in a very ugly and self-obsessed fashion.

July 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The movie is either a sick dark joke or a multicoloured hoot, depending on your opinion. The only certainty: when in doubt Refn will have a character vomit up an eyeball.

July 7, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Pretentious and self-indulgent, it seems tailor-made to appeal to lovers of the obtuse and inscrutable until it takes a left-turn into schlocky, gore-drenched splatter imagery.

June 26, 2016 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…

Archly silly, quotable, visually hypnotic and perfectly suited for repeat viewings. On first watch, the film is bizarre, hallucinatory, shockingly gruesome. A second watch unlocks the dumb-clever charms of Refn's script

June 24, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Refn is hardly the first moviemaker to find a link between supermodels and scary monsters, but he may be the most style-minded one to make the connection. Imagine an issue of Vogue with Maleficent as guest editor.

June 24, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Neon Demon

Refn's look at the LA model business plays it rather straight by his standards for quite a while. But this wouldn't be one of his films if it didn't end with weirdness and violence. While Refn plays with expectations, model stereotypes and voyeurism, it's up to the audience to decide what they take away from this. Here, obsession, jealousy and rejection lead to necrophilia and murder. That looks as stylish as you'd expect and is supported by a fitting electro soundtrack. And of course you're sent on your way with a really uneasy feeling in your guts as the end credits roll.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Stunning, hypnotic and intoxicating, The Neon Demon is, however, a mess without structure, devoid of meaning and with no idea how to end. Full review on filmotrope. com

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Visually striking movie I am not sure I fully understood, but enjoyed watching.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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