Demonlover (2003)

A tale of corporate mergers, Japanese porn, and the Internet, in which a company hires an executive to infiltrate a rival company and sabotage it from within.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 19, 2003
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 49% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A stylish but convoluted mess without any sympathetic characters.

Todd McCarthy

Rather than deepening the mystery and sense of intoxication, the picture soon becomes one prolonged and very bad hangover.

Time Out

A silly, oddly disagreeable movie.

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Serge Kaganski
Film Comment Magazine

At once illness and antidote, wound and knife, chilling and fascinating-in short, demonic and loving-demonlover is a beautiful and disturbing contemporary filmic object, concentrating within itself most of Assayas's obsessions

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's gripping and provocative, making effective use of actor Charles Berling and the music of Sonic Youth.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

A stark, unsettling movie, one that grows darker and stranger with every little twist in the plot.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A stupendously intelligent assault on globalism, e-commerce, the media, [and] corporate culture.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A potent film.

Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

Demonlover is so incomprehensible that you can't readily accuse it of being anything but almost unwatchable.

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Daniel Etherington

Delving into confusion and messing with genre expectations, as well as making some serious points about contemporary morality, this is thought-provoking film. Though not exactly an entirely successful one.

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Lord Naseby
I watched this at the behest of Jhon E. Sorry it took so long. It took me a while to find. One impression that I got while watching this film is that it… More