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After a fight with her coked-up boyfriend Marcus, Alex leaves a party to go home. She never gets there; instead she's raped in a desolate tunnel. Her angry boyfriend, and her buddy Pierre decide to take justice into their own hands and hunt down the rapist themselves.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Extremely difficult to endure, and if you choose to endure it, it could leave you feeling angry and upset. Nevertheless, this is serious filmmaking, and Noe is a gifted filmmaker."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Fails because of its gratuitous rape and violence and also because of its pretentious and intellectually one-dimensional grounds, which make the violence at the end feel even worse."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Noé weaves together the off-putting elements into something that sears itself permanently in the memory."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Noe is a confrontational master, no question."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"... film does make one point beautifully: no matter which way a story is told, a bad script cannot be salvaged."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"A fascinating study in excess, a movie that seduces and repulses as it explores the merciless nature of fate."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"A genuine outlaw work of art."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"Contains crippling, extended acts of sexual violence and general inhumanity, yet, under the bleeding rawness of it all, was a film of brilliant technical achievement and unrivaled, unrelenting ferocity."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"The film is almost unwatchable at the beginning, but the chaos and horror of the swinging camera stabilizes, the film becomes more structured and horrifying long after the cinematic devices calm down."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"You'll leave the theater wishing the two hours you spent were not so irreversible."
‑ Mark Sells, Oregon Herald
"There is nothing moral about Irreversible -- only sneeringly superior and nihilistic, like Johnny Rotten at his most fatuous."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"A sometimes repellent yet deeply moving film."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The lurid gimmick of a barking sideshow host."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"Me? I'm going to go watch "The Brady Bunch" to wash these images out of mind. And, I'm going to withstand the fury of those who decide I'm a squeamish wimp."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"While Noé's vision can seem unrelentingly sadistic and sexist, the film's raw emotion keeps it afloat."
‑ Josh Gilchrist,
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