Descent (2007)

A promising college student who becomes bent on seeking revenge after a shocking act of violence is committed on her. Maya's life seems blessed. The boys can't resist her charm and beauty and she has a promising academic future.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 10, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 5, 2008
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Critic Score: 36% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Descent has the potential to make a statement about sexual violence, but falls flat by focusing on revenge rather than Rosario Dawson's emotional state.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

It's been a while since we saw a demagogic feminist exploitation revenge drama, and Descent, while top-heavy with 'agenda,' is shrewdly done.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

No moviegoer has done anything to deserve the images that director Talia Lugacy would throw in their face.

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Prairie Miller

Revenge is less than sweet, to say the least, in particular for the audience, veering between sickening and pathetically pornographic.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Though a clearly gifted new filmmaker, Lugacy doesn't get a handle on the combustible material, and she gets scalded in the process.

Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

[Dramatizes] the experience and the psychological aftermath of rape with a vividness I've never seen in an American film.

Michael Dequina

Dawson, armed not with a whole lot of dialogue but her endlessly eloquent face, makes each note of the character's journey pierce, whether with pain or ecstasy.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Look-at-me-I'm-a-filmmaker photography, pacing that has all the thrills of waiting in line at the post office and an utterly predictable plot combine to make the movie even worse than the hacky chick revenge fantasy now showing on channel 186 of your box.

Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

It's indie provocation trapped between shock and blah.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Sludgy and slack [...] pointlessly vague and abstruse.

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Strange and unsettling -- apparently for no reason.
Dean McKenna
Yawn! Bloody dull and sicko R-rated drama I ever saw about the exact revenge of a date-raped co-ed. I couldn't stand and watch the final scene of… More
Jim Hunter
After a brutal date rape, a woman discovers her sexual power and the need for revenge. Dark in its subject matter and the complexion of the film,… More
Daniel Parsons
Spoilers ahead. Rosario Dawson's performance is undeniably magnificent in <i>Descent</i> - comparisons to Hilary Swank in <i>Boys… More
_kelly .King
Plot Spoilers Necessarily Throughout This Review <br/>I saw this movie by accident, thinking I had downloaded "The Descent", the horror movie… More
Leo L
Now, here's an interesting movie with a very sensitive issue at hand. An occurance that happens too often in this world. Rosario Dawson is definitely… More