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  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, David Cronenberg should be feeling pretty chuffed with son Brandon’s big-screen debut, a petri dish of high-concept perversity and cultural commentary teeming with lo-fi ickiness. show more

  • 65
    NPR

    With his debut picture, Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg, son of David, has made a movie that's decidedly, resolutely unjunky — and more's the pity. This is a sleek, willfully elegant exercise, high on style even if it's conspicuously low on ideas. show more

  • 67
    William Goss Film.com

    From the concept on down, Cronenberg’s film inevitably resembles the ‘80s body horror with which father David made his name, but Brandon brings his own antiseptic eye to this queasy noir mutation, like “D.O.A.” for a self-serving near-future. show more

  • 75
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    Panic about pop culture is not new. Yet Antiviral finds a novel angle of attack. show more

  • 50
    Farran Smith Nehme New York Post

    The debut film of Brandon Cronenberg deals out shivers and flinches in little hypodermic jabs. show more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    For his feature film debut, Brandon Cronenberg has taken the decidedly uneasy route in more ways than one. First of all, Antiviral is a virtual panoply of high wooziness, replete with sweating, shakes, vomiting, rot-infected food and more needles piercing skin than rush hour at a free flu clinic. show more

  • 50
    Chuck Bowen Slant Magazine

    A one-joke movie--a good joke, yes, but Brandon Cronenberg's agenda clouds the clarity that's needed to fully deliver the punchline. show more

  • 60
    Kim Newman Empire

    A smart, subversive but rather cold debut from Brandon Cronenberg that's short of the dark wit that lit up his father's early work. Then again, comparisons are hardly fair, especially when Cronenberg Jr. clearly has plenty of ideas of his own. show more

  • 40
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The whole movie feels like a case of the sweats, putting you in desperate need of the chicken soup of recognizable human behavior. show more

  • 40
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    Brandon Cronenberg's movie is made with some technical skill and focus, but it is agonisingly self-regarding and tiresome. show more

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