Ms. 45
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With Grand Guignol relish, Ferrara depicts a city in the throes of a Wild West lawlessness that invites vigilante action."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The sexual politics of Ms. 45 are blunt and easy to read, and the picture is riotously cathartic."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
""Ms.45" may be over 30 years old but it has a timelessness to it that will appeal to the fans of exploitation movies even today."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Ultimately, Ms. 45 is far more interesting and genuinely enjoyable (versus ironically enjoyable, as many of this vintage grindhouse flicks wind up being) than it has any right to be."
‑ Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist
"One of the greatest urban nightmares ever committed to film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Had Herzog seen it, he might have recognized Ferrara as a fellow genius, and one as weird as himself."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"By keeping the picture short and busy, Ferrara makes its far-fetched elements play."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I first saw Abel Ferrara's Ms. 45 the way I suspect most men my age saw it: furtively, in my bedroom, on VHS."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Ms. 45 is not a feminist revenge film. It is, however, an intelligent and confident piece of exploitation filmmaking marinated in helplessness and anger ..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Eros and Thana(tos) in Manhattan, a bravura, feverish vision"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"[Ferrera] is clearly a talented fellow. One can only hope he finds something else to make movies about very soon."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"It's a provocative, disreputable movie, well worth seeing."
‑ , Time Out
"Despite the film's low rent look, Ferrara has an eye for detail and style."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"What she says-and what the movie says in kind-is more complex and sophisticated than its grindhouse roots would suggest."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Abel Ferrara's 1981 cult uber thriller is a feminist take on the good-old-bad-old days of Manhattan that gave rise to films like "Death Wish" and "Taxi Driver.""
‑ Cole Smithey,
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