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Based on 10 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 25
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    There is no excusing date rape, but the revenge conceived and executed by Rosario Dawson's Maya in this revolting, amateurish drama is something you might only wish on Osama Bin Laden. show more

  • 38
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Too elliptical to be convincing. show more

  • 12
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Even worse than the hacky chick revenge fantasy now showing on channel 186 of your box. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    It's been a while since we saw a demagogic feminist exploitation revenge drama, and Descent, while top-heavy with ''agenda,'' is shrewdly done. show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    It's a lot like a '70s exploitation movie, with its determination to seduce and shock the viewer with alternating currents of electrical stimulus, and its weird combination of arty arch-decadence and neo-Victorian moralizing. show more

  • 70
    The New York Times

    Hard to watch but essential to see, Descent is at once realistic and rhetorical, and driven throughout by righteous anger that comes from an honest place. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    A well-acted trifle straining to be a hard-hitting morality play. show more

  • 50

    Pic's message is the one thing that's made clear: A victim can sink lower than her predator. Whether receiving that message justifies the cost of watching Descent is another question. show more

  • 30
    Los Angeles Times

    Depending on your revenge story preferences, the brutally pretentious Descent is either a payback flick with an agonizingly formless middle, or a soul-darkening head trip bracketed by a crude vengeance tale. Mostly, though, it's indie provocation trapped between shock and blah. show more

  • 58
    Scott Tobias The A.V. Club

    Though a clearly gifted new filmmaker, Lugacy doesn't get a handle on the combustible material, and she gets scalded in the process. show more

  • May 22, 2008 quantjok
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    Rosario Dawson is a ground-breaking producer and brilliant for taking on such a tough subject matter. The cinematography could have been better but after the production ended up having two directors of photography, this look of the film speaks volumes about why having a great crew can be so powerful in delivering a quality project. Dawson is a very intelligent actor and had a mediocre script to deal with in my opinion. I hope people go and see this film on DVD because one has to stay and watch the movie to the end to fully appreciate the true nature of the revenge in this film. I think this film will be a sleeper hit on DVD and those reviewers who walked out missed a very powerful film since the ending surely makes up for any lack of dialog as complained by by some of the other reviewers. Get the DVD and sit back and be shocked.

  • May 22, 2008 bobbydogcooper
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    Seriously...I haven't walked out of a movie in almost ten years but walked out of this one about an hour or so into it but easily could have walked out 45 minutes into it. Ridiculous dialogue, horrible editing and some of the absolute worst monlogues by an actress in the history of filmmaking. Rosario Dawson should be embarrassed...and she should mail me a check for the cost of my movie ticket. Honestly one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Avoid at all costs. Don't make me say I told you so.

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