The Columnist

critic Reviews

, 80% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Savagely funny and viscerally unsettling, The Columnist takes the unbridled vitriol of social media to its bloodily over-the-top conclusion.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "The Columnist" is sharp, funny and uneasy, and speaks to the fallacy of the world we live in. It's a killer romp.
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    Sara StewartBook & Film Globe
    Instead of leaning into the campy pleasures to be had in an American Psycho or Serial Mom-style celebration of going bonkers, The Columnist juxtaposes the daughter's free speech crusade with her mom's blood-spattered campaign to silence her critics.
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    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com
    In the end, Van Aart's The Columnist has surprisingly little to say about online violence against women.
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    Beatrice LoayzaNew York Times
    "The Columnist" doesn't seem to care about making a cogent statement about feminist revenge or online culture. Perhaps it just needed an excuse to carry out its bloody high jinks, which are decent fun in their own right.
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    Ann HornadayWashington Post
    What might have been a trenchant cultural critique couched within poisonously playful genre exercise becomes an indulgence in undifferentiated rage for its own graphic sake.
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    Anton BitelLittle White Lies
    Femke's tragedy is that she becomes in practice the very opposite of what she preaches: someone who shuts down the conversation and leaves those with whom she disagrees permanently silenced.
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    Kurt LoderReason Online
    Never *ever* read the comments
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    Thom ErnstOriginal Cin
    Despite the film's willingness to playfully stir unrest, it never reaches its full potential, and the promise of confronting abusers who hide behind avatars gets second billing to a less exciting defence of free speech.
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    Natalia KeoganPaste Magazine
    The Columnist is a satirical, bloody survey of the limits of free speech.
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    Harvey S. KartenShockya.com
    A Dutch treat of a parody.
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