Knives and Skin

critic Reviews

68% Fresh Tomatometer Score68%
  • Knives and Skin's daunting ambitions occasionally elude its grasp, but this remains a powerfully written and uniquely timely coming-of-age thriller.
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    Cody CorrallChicago Reader
    Carolyn is a martyr for Reeder's message-a complex and twisted commentary on the plights of human nature.
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    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune
    Reeder is deadly serious about the film's themes of teenage girls' fears, desires and demons, though there's a fair amount of deadpan black comedy...
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Social satire's strange sights and sounds are sure to stick with you.
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    Valerie ComplexVariety
    The positive qualities lie in the surrealistic film's bold cinematography, distinctive use of music, and diversity of cast, though that's not enough to redeem this tedious viewing experience.
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    Like the songs sung by its young cast, Knives and Skin feels like cinematic karaoke, lacking in authorship or deeper meaning.
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    Scott TobiasNPR
    It's Twin Peaks as recast through the lens of radical feminism, if not nearly as academic as that sounds.
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    Emilie BlackCinema Crazed
    Knives and Skin is about more than story or acting or images, it's about all of it put together to serve feelings create through it all. The film is powerful at this and just doesn't let you go until the very end.
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    Ashlee BlackwellGraveyard Shift Sisters
    I'll be spending a lifetime with Knives and Skin. It is a beautiful revelation that we are all whole and never alone.
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    Catherine SpringerAwardsWatch
    Knives and Skin is also a deeply feminist film, which embraces all parts of the female experience, and features a woman-driven story.
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    Jake TropilaFilm Inquiry
    What's most frustrating aboutKnives and Skinis despite all of these wild and weird ingredients, there is simply no connective tissue to keep everything together. Reeder's vision is frustratingly opaque.
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