The Columnist

critic Reviews

, 79% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Savagely funny and viscerally unsettling, The Columnist takes the unbridled vitriol of social media to its bloodily over-the-top conclusion.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's cool and so darkly funny. It is pitch-black in its humor.
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    Kate ErblandindieWire
    There's a giddy gruesomeness at the heart of Femke's blood-spattered new pastime, but awkward complications slow the story and prevent it from being fun or as harsh as it would like to be.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "The Columnist" is sharp, funny and uneasy, and speaks to the fallacy of the world we live in. It's a killer romp.
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    Sara StewartBook & Film Globe
    Instead of leaning into the campy pleasures to be had in an American Psycho or Serial Mom-style celebration of going bonkers, The Columnist juxtaposes the daughter's free speech crusade with her mom's blood-spattered campaign to silence her critics.
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    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com
    In the end, Van Aart's The Columnist has surprisingly little to say about online violence against women.
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    Beatrice LoayzaNew York Times
    "The Columnist" doesn't seem to care about making a cogent statement about feminist revenge or online culture. Perhaps it just needed an excuse to carry out its bloody high jinks, which are decent fun in their own right.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    It's gruesomely entertaining, even as the point becomes muddled.
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    Carla HayCulture Mix
    The Columnist, for all of its flaws, is ultimately an incisive, satirical look at how revenge can be hollow if a bullied person becomes worse than the bullies ... Much of The Columnist is elevated by [Katja] Herbers' compelling performance.
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    Kurt LoderReason Online
    Never *ever* read the comments
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    Thom ErnstOriginal Cin
    Despite the film's willingness to playfully stir unrest, it never reaches its full potential, and the promise of confronting abusers who hide behind avatars gets second billing to a less exciting defence of free speech.
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