Straightheads (Closure)
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Director Dan Reed's revenge thriller Straightheads constitutes a long, penetrating meditation on the psychological fallout experienced by two attack victims. This cathartically ultraviolent picture opens on a deceptively placid note - with romance blossoming between Alice (Gillian Anderson) and a much younger electrician, Adam (Danny Dyer). When the pair's relaxing sojourn at a country estate leads to a skirmish with a trio of backwoods toughs, Danny is beaten unconscious and scarred, and Alice brutally raped. In an attempt to cope with the trauma, the two put their heads together,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"It's clear from the start this isn't a revenge drama that's going to wimp out at the end."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"...a low-key drama disguised as a revenge thriller..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Feels like an experiment in suspense and violence that doesn't actually tell us anything"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Payback involving a shotgun, a kitchen table and a heap of pain."
‑ Johnny Vaughan, Sun Online
"Country rapists have their way with Gillian Anderson and poke Danny Dyer's eye out. The duo want payback."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"The film is a shallow study of the ~intoxicating allure of violence', with a few gratuitous tit shots thrown in for good measure."
‑ , Time Out
"About how some of us would be willing to sell our souls to protect our loved ones if we had to..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A repellent, ill-thought-through feature."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Even if Straightheads looks as if it was made for about 4, it(TM)s been a long time since someone was brave enough to make a such a movie."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"This nasty and nonsensical rape-revenge thriller is a feature-length exercise in wrongness."
‑ Steve Rose, Guardian [UK]
"Straightheads is as shallow as a puddle and forgoes anything approaching realism in favour of OTT violence and needless gore."
‑ Ali Gray, TheShiznit.co.uk
"The film looks professional and has a relatively big-name star in Gillian Anderson, but the screenplay - written by director Dan Reed - doesn't make a single bit of sense."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Masculinity in Crisis, part 364."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Make no mistake: this lo-fi rape-revenge Brit flick wants to shock you."
‑ Jamie Russell, Total Film
"Straightheads has the pornographic ingredients of a first-rate cult thriller."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
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