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The first film by director David Cronenberg, the black and white, hour-long feature Stereo is more self-consciously avant-garde, and less visceral, than his later work. Nevertheless, many of the usual Cronenberg concerns are present: a futuristic setting, bizarre scientific experimentation, and an obsessive exploration of perverse forms of sexuality. Stereo borrows the structure of an educational film, masquerading as a documentary record of an experiment performed by The Canadian Academy for Erotic Inquiry, under the guidance of Doctor Luther Stringfellow. (Indeed, the film is almost entirely… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...doors that won't open, enigmatic card games, long empty corridors and sex on an examination table make it all quite old fashioned, and the images are as formless as scrambled eggs."
‑ Nora Sayre, New York Times
"Though it gave me a few guarded chuckles it was hardly worth the effort sitting through such a tedious affair."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Clinical, sinuous, jagged"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Difficult viewing, although there are some intriguing nuggets buried within"
‑ Shane Burridge,
"... essential to Cronenberg fans, (a) dispassionate portraitsof fictional experiments in the mutation of mankind in the near future."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
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