Calvaire (The Ordeal)
Calvaire (The Ordeal) (2006)

A traveling entertainer falls prey to a disturbed recluse in director Fabrice Du Welz's twisted, slow-burn riff on Deliverance and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Having finished his latest performance at a remote retirement home,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 3, 2006
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Du Welz has definite visual-dramatic talent. (Calvaire was a Cannes festival pick.) But, like Norman Bates' car, he need to get pulled out of the swamp.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Director-co-writer Fabrice du Welz has taken a clichťd premise and infused it with a stylish perversity that should have horror fans squealing with delight.

Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

a surrealist fairy tale bringing gothic glee to its meditations on performance and passion.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

What sells this movie is the realistic attention to detail and the bravura direction of Fabrice Du Welz, who draws a gut-wrenching performance from Lucas.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Director Fabrice Du Welz doesn't reinvent the backwoods-freakshow formula, but there is something undeniably entertaining about violent psychos who are also committed art lovers.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

A genuine creepy horror movie, employing some good ol' camp themes to great effect.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

By the time it reaches its final act, the film rivals its American counterparts in intensity if not quite in explicit violence.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Directed by the newcomer Fabrice du Welz, the Belgian horror film Calvaire is pompous, but not without talent or shivers.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A glossy rehash that's far less interesting and frightening than the classics upon which it's unimaginatively modeled.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Arash Xak
Boring artsy-fartsy horror
Greg S
A struggling lounge singer breaks down in the Belgian countryside and is taken in by a lonely inkeeper who doesn't want him to leave. For 45 minutes… More
Drew Smith
Infuriating, amateurish crap; the end result of a fitfully inventive mind watching too many American horror movies and deciding to piece together an absurdist… More
John Ballantine
Crummy attempt at horror coming out of Belguim. While there have been great European takes on horror, this is not one of them.
_kelly .King
Survival horror for the art house crowd, Calvaire has a unique oddness that drives its deranged story straight into the eyeballs of viewers. The horror here is… More
Ryan Marshall
*** out of **** It may not have the best story, or the best characters, or the best of anything; but I still found myself admiring Fabrice Du Welz's… More