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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It would be easy and convenient to dismiss Irreversible as blatant sensationalism. But Noe's bruising film is too artfully crafted to write off as exploitation. show more

  • 25
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    Noe isn't a graceful filmmaker. He wants to traumatize his audience, barnstorm us, make us pay in anxiety and sweat and scorched nerves for the ugly truths he wants us to swallow. show more

  • 50
    Mike Clark USA Today

    To cut Noe a break, it does become evident that he has a viable narrative concept. Told backward, á la "Memento." show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    To get to the beginning, one must first get through the end, which is almost literally unendurable. show more

  • 25
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Maybe, you think, there is something daring and brilliant going on here: an excursion into the darkest territories of the human soul. But no. In the end -- or the beginning -- there is no point to all this. Or at least not a point worth making, and making us watch. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Once you're past THOSE scenes, and come to know the context and characters involved, you'll find something both deeply humanist and emotionally complex. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The moral of Irreversible -- time destroys everything -- isn't nearly as profound as writer-director Gaspar Noé seems to think it is, which is why some critics have already dismissed the movie as the facile, misogynistic posturings of a provocateur. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Whatever else it may be, Irreversible is disturbingly unforgettable. It is impossible to have a blasé reaction to a film this visceral. Indifference is not an option. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The fact is, the reverse chronology makes Irreversible a film that structurally argues against rape and violence, while ordinary chronology would lead us down a seductive narrative path toward a shocking, exploitative payoff. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Noe's despairing view of human nature is as thoughtful as it is grim, limning the most appalling aspects of earthly experience in terms recalling Dante and Bosh, among other apocalyptic artists. show more

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