Antiviral (2013)

Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed fans. Syd also supplies illegal samples of these viruses to piracy groups, smuggling them from the clinic in his own… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 12, 2013
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Antiviral is well-crafted body horror, packed with interesting -- if not entirely subtle -- ideas.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

How sick can fans of a celebrity get? Very, answers "Antiviral." Imagine fan fetish culture metastasizing. A pox on consumers and capitalists alike, Brandon Cronenberg sneers.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

What Jones hasn't been given is a character to play. Syd is a cipher, neither sympathetic nor hateful, nor even interestingly human.

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Anna Smith
Metro (UK)

Antiviral is a none-too-subtle comment on tabloid-generated fandom. But it's undeniably intriguing and loaded with Cronenbergian atmosphere.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

If Cronenberg's not yet a dead ringer for his iconic dad, he's taken an intriguing first step.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Eventually the clammy spell of this handsomely designed but solemnly paced movie begins to wear off, and you long for a little action or at least some fresh air.

Francesca Steele
Independent (UK)

It's a work that feels technically precise but trying just a little too hard

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The pace is uneven, the energy sluggish (even the arrival of Malcolm McDowell in the third act doesn't pep things up) and the film feels overlong.

Stephanie Zacharek

Before long, the aggressive sleekness of Antiviral becomes its own kind of ennui.

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Chris Alexander

I respect ANTIVIRAL, but I can't say I liked it. But then again, I'm not sure it wants to be liked. In fact, I believe it's trying very hard to make you not like it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 39% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A savvy filmmaker still needs a decent script. Cronenberg has more talent in his little finger than a school full of trained hacks, but the story here? Meh, not… More
Gimly M.
David Cronenberg's kid does a pretty good job, especially considering it's his first feature. The world takes precedence over clarity of story, but so… More
Greg S
In the near future, fans will pay good money to be infected with a herpes simplex virus extracted from their favorite celebrity. Syd is in the business of… More
Walter M.
In "Antiviral," you must excuse Syd March(Caleb Landry Jones) for feeling ill today. He has injected a celebrity virus into himself, in order to get… More
Nicki Marie
Strange, sterile little film. Very impressed with Caleb Jones, he has a Michael Pitt air to him which lends well to the character. The movie has something to… More
Shawn Montague
I failed to understand this movie at all, the more it progressed into the story I was more and more lost on why you would even make this a movie.. I had to look… More