Daniel Isn't Real

critic Reviews

79% Fresh Tomatometer Score79%
  • 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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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Whether this is your cup of tea or not, one must admire DeLeeuw for the mystic-induced creativity and Mortimer for the capably execution.
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    Meg ShieldsFilm School Rejects
    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.
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    Michael SragowFilm Comment Magazine
    What connects us to the movie is curiosity rather than suspense...At its most likable, this film is very Jung at heart.
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    Andy CrumpThe Week
    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.
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    Asher LubertoThe Playlist
    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.
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    Sarah CartlandCaution Spoilers
    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.
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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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