Knives and Skin

critic Reviews

71% Fresh Tomatometer Score71%
  • Knives and Skin's daunting ambitions occasionally elude its grasp, but this remains a powerfully written and uniquely timely coming-of-age thriller.
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    Peter SobczynskieFilmCritic.com
    Everything is odd in the world of this film but, with very few exceptions, it all feels as if it was heaped on in order to make the relatively dull central story marginally more interesting and colorful.
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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    A movie as strange as this one needs some grounding in reality. Knives and Skin gives us some -- but not nearly enough.
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    Kathy FennessySeattle Film Blog
    If the weirdest stuff in the film falls the flattest, like a couple of food-throwing scenes, I found the end unexpectedly touching. Turns out the filmmaker had one more 1980s-oriented magic trick up her sleeve.
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    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune
    Reeder is deadly serious about the film's themes of teenage girls' fears, desires and demons, though there's a fair amount of deadpan black comedy...
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    Marshall ShafferSlashfilm
    To Reeder's immense credit, her film glides forward with an aura of mystery but never feels like genre mix-and-match.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Social satire's strange sights and sounds are sure to stick with you.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    Like a fractured fairy tale, this luridly coloured film mixes horror, black comedy and mystery, like a pink-washed Twin Peaks
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    Sean P. MeansThe Movie Cricket
    "Knives and Skin" feels like the unwanted love child of David Lynch and Paul Thomas Anderson - a dozen different stylistic ideas going off in different directions, often canceling each other out.
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    Valerie ComplexVariety
    The positive qualities lie in the surrealistic film's bold cinematography, distinctive use of music, and diversity of cast, though that's not enough to redeem this tedious viewing experience.
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    Nick SchagerThe Daily Beast
    Knives and Skin is a welcome reprieve from its genre-mates' sameness, borrowing and blending elements from assorted storied predecessors to create something mysterious, hypnotic and malevolent.
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