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A promising college student who becomes bent on seeking revenge after a shocking act of violence is committed on her. Maya's life seems blessed. The boys can't resist her charm and beauty and she has a promising academic future. Yet, she still feels alone. Jared's life also is blessed with ease. The two begin to flirt and date, but on one night things move too far too fast. Maya tries to pull away, but he won't let go. After this violation, Maya breaks away from everything familiar. She enters the new semester transformed: bold and dynamic in a world that suddenly seems small… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's been a while since we saw a demagogic feminist exploitation revenge drama, and Descent, while top-heavy with 'agenda,' is shrewdly done."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"No moviegoer has done anything to deserve the images that director Talia Lugacy would throw in their face."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Revenge is less than sweet, to say the least, in particular for the audience, veering between sickening and pathetically pornographic."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Ugliness of story, character and technique cannot hold a movie audience and do more harm than good towards seeking a professed corrective."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Descent is the head-slappingly awful picture that turns rape into a comedy."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Though a clearly gifted new filmmaker, Lugacy doesn't get a handle on the combustible material, and she gets scalded in the process."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"[Dramatizes] the experience and the psychological aftermath of rape with a vividness I've never seen in an American film."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"Dawson, armed not with a whole lot of dialogue but her endlessly eloquent face, makes each note of the character's journey pierce, whether with pain or ecstasy."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"A hollow fabrication in the pursuit of someone's sick idea of redemption. I didn't pay to see it... but I want my wasted time back."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The movie is just a vicious, pathetic excuse for Lugacy to live out her own twisted hate-fantasies on the big screen."
‑ Joshua Tyler,
"Look-at-me-I'm-a-filmmaker photography, pacing that has all the thrills of waiting in line at the post office and an utterly predictable plot combine to make the movie even worse than the hacky chick revenge fantasy now showing on channel 186 of your box."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It's indie provocation trapped between shock and blah."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Sludgy and slack [...] pointlessly vague and abstruse."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"There's too much arty writhing and too little concrete character development."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
""an exercise in human soullessness.""
‑ Norm Schrager,
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