Daniel Isn't Real

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76% Fresh Tomatometer Score76%
  • 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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    Abbie BernsteinAssignment X
    Daniel Isn't Real is happy to give us metaphors, but it also goes for the throat in a very dynamic manner.
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    Caillou PettisBattle Royale With Cheese
    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.
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    Jason ShawhanNashville Scene
    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.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    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.
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    Niall BrowneMovies in Focus
    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.
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    C.H. NewellFather Son Holy Gore
    Mortimer plunges us down the rabbit hole of serious mental health struggles, depicting what happens when a damaged identity becomes divided against itself.
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    Jeffrey M. AndersonCommon Sense Media
    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.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    The moderately creepy premise is squandered by a disappointing series of final-act twists that steer toward genre conventions.
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    Louis ProyectCounterpunch.org
    Reminiscent of both "Faust" and "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" but with a B-Movie esthetic. The Terminator's son is excellent as Hyde.
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    Peter SobczynskieFilmCritic.com
    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.
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