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    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This poor man’s Norman Bates, though, doesn’t make us wonder what makes him tick; he makes us want to shut our eyes. show more

  • 60
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Slasher-movie fans, however, need not be put off by the stylized camera work and arty patina: this is down and dirty genre filmmaking, and the various slaughters, excruciatingly detailed scalpings and other atrocities are no less gruesome because of the highfalutin approach. show more

  • 50
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    That makes the latter portion of the film much more successful than what precedes it, an improvement aided by the fact that the POV device eventually feels less like the director trying to show off and more like an integral part of the story. But it's still not enough to save a remake that, rather than trying to fix the deep flaws of its source, just covers them in a shinier coat of paint. show more

  • 66
    William Goss Film.com

    Maniac is a bit like watching an amputee play hopscotch: there’s no way that it’s polite to stare for this long, but you just have to see if this guy’s gonna make it to the end. show more

  • 75
    Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine

    Its audio-visual overload testifies to a group of filmmakers' belief that some films are made to be remade. show more

  • 63
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The movie shouldn’t be dismissed outright, either. It’s a creepy experiment that stays with you. show more

  • 50
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The movie, told from the killer’s point of view, is genuinely unsettling and propelled by a terrific, buzzing synth soundtrack straight out of the early ’80s. But the only suspense is in which woman will be the next victim. show more

  • 50
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    This remake, like Frank’s horrible hobby, remains an exercise in empty repetition. show more

  • 25
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Unfortunately, with only the bare outline of a script, no acting is required. The structure of the film is 89 minutes of brutality with a college degree. This is a warning, not a recommendation. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    It still works its way under your skin and, by the time the highly disturbed Frank’s casualties come back to haunt him en masse, cuts sanguinely to the heart. show more

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