River's Edge
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The triumph of this bleak, unsettling picture is that, no matter how grim it gets, it's far too involving for you to turn away."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"It's more a success than a failure, if only because the confusions are so protean."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"A powerful sociological film on white teenage alienation in small-town America, that is even more amazing that it's based on an actual event."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The silliest work of the '80s."
‑ Brad Laidman, Film Threat
"One of the most chilling portraits of misguided youth put to film."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"River's Edge is a contemporary horror story about teen-agers, but it contains no slasher scenes or serial homicides. Its monsters are all too real."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times
"There are some good, frightening scenes of volatile lunacy, but the whole thing badly lacks a controlling distance and perspective."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One of the most haunting films of the 1980s, River's Edge looks at a suburban, postpunk generation which has no causes, no morals, no feelings, and, worst of all, no future."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A Film you'll never forget....Crispin Glover and Ione Skye are unforgettable"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Probes the breakdown of moral fiber in one community and its tragic results."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"An unusually downbeat and depressing youth pic."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Bitter and disturbing."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Based on an actual incident in Northern California, Tim Hunter's controversial indie addresses the growing alienation and moral vacancy among youths growing up in drug-oriented and media-saturated society; Keanu Reeves is perfectly cast."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Screendaily
"Disturbing, overlooked, excellent film."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Beautifully photographed by Frederick Elmes, the visuals are often at odds with the barreness at the movie's core."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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