Daniel Isn't Real

critic Reviews

83% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score83%
  • Daniel Isn't Real, but the smart, stylish fun waiting for genre lovers in this well-acted suspense thriller is completely genuine.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    The end goes a little off-piste, with much of the sweaty creepiness replaced by silly creature effects. There's enough before that, though, to elevate Adam Egypt Mortimer's film above the bog-standard psychological horror.
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    Anton BitelLittle White Lies
    This schizophrenic buddy pic is the real deal.
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    Greer McNallyTime Out
    If this were the '90s, 'Daniel Isn't Real' would be one of those films you stumble upon in the video store and then tell all your friends about.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    Enjoyably ludicrous low-budget psychological-horror...
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    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    There's not much to Daniel Isn't Real beyond a cynical, generic coming-of-age story and a lot of unexamined second-hand ideas about creativity, empathy, and spirituality.
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    Geoff BerkshireLos Angeles Times
    Pitched somewhere between "Fight Club" and a Clive Barker creature feature, "Daniel Isn't Real" is a wild ride worth taking to be in the company of its promising young stars.
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    Amelia EmberwingSlashfilm
    Daniel Isn't Real immediately puts the viewer on edge.
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    Brent McKnightThe Last Thing I See
    Think "Drop Dead Fred," only mean and way more psychedelic.
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    Witney SeiboldCritically Acclaimed Podcast
    The actual physics of 'Daniel's' rules become less interesting the more they are explained, but for its bulk, the film is a nightmarish exploration of dark, ultra-masculine influences on the impressionable mind.
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    William BibbianiCritically Acclaimed Podcast
    A sharp, frightening, excellently acted horror movie with big ideas. And for the most part it capitalizes on all of them.
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