Antiviral (2013)

Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 6, 2013
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Antiviral is well-crafted body horror, packed with interesting -- if not entirely subtle -- ideas.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

How sick can fans of a celebrity get? Very, answers "Antiviral." Imagine fan fetish culture metastasizing. A pox on consumers and capitalists alike, Brandon Cronenberg sneers.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

What Jones hasn't been given is a character to play. Syd is a cipher, neither sympathetic nor hateful, nor even interestingly human.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a ridiculous and flat-out dumb premise that's employed to terminally underwhelming effect by Cronenberg...

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Eventually the clammy spell of this handsomely designed but solemnly paced movie begins to wear off, and you long for a little action or at least some fresh air.

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Richard Haridy

With an obsession for close-ups of needles piercing skin, Antiviral leaves one with a OCD-style desire to wash ones hands... the overreaching success of the film lies in its believable depiction of a culture slowly rotting at the core.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The pace is uneven, the energy sluggish (even the arrival of Malcolm McDowell in the third act doesn't pep things up) and the film feels overlong.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Before long, the aggressive sleekness of Antiviral becomes its own kind of ennui.

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Todd Jorgenson

The script is thin but effectively creepy as it examines contemporary pop culture obsessions while maximizing the queasy close-ups of needles, blood and medical procedures.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
In the near future, fans will pay good money to be infected with a herpes simplex virus extracted from their favorite celebrity. Syd is in the business of… More
The Movie Waffler
'Antiviral' presents us with a celebrity obsessed near future. In order to make a connection with their favorite celebs, members of the public can pay… More
Nicki Marie
Strange, sterile little film. Very impressed with Caleb Jones, he has a Michael Pitt air to him which lends well to the character. The movie has something to… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral is a strange film. Its themes are interesting, yet executed in a largely obvious manner. Its mechanisms are disturbing, yet… More
Shawn Montague
I failed to understand this movie at all, the more it progressed into the story I was more and more lost on why you would even make this a movie.. I had to look… More
Daniel Parsons
A fucked up film that isn't particularly subtle and lacks a sympathetic character but excels in icky imagery and the body horror aesthetic from… More