Irréversible (2002)

After a fight with her coked-up boyfriend Marcus, Alex leaves a party to go home. She never gets there; instead she's raped in a desolate tunnel. Her angry boyfriend, and her buddy Pierre decide to take justice into their own hands and… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: August 5, 2003
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though well-filmed, Irreversible feels gratuitous in its extreme violence.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Extremely difficult to endure, and if you choose to endure it, it could leave you feeling angry and upset. Nevertheless, this is serious filmmaking, and Noe is a gifted filmmaker.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Fails because of its gratuitous rape and violence and also because of its pretentious and intellectually one-dimensional grounds, which make the violence at the end feel even worse.

David Keyes

It is telling that Noé, a filmmaker ordinarily enamored by the grueling underbelly of human behavior, can effectively contrast the nihilism of the climactic events with an almost hopeful tone overlaying the story's origins.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

A fascinating study in excess, a movie that seduces and repulses as it explores the merciless nature of fate.

Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

A genuine outlaw work of art.

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Michael Dequina

Noé weaves together the off-putting elements into something that sears itself permanently in the memory.

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David Edelstein

There is nothing moral about Irreversible -- only sneeringly superior and nihilistic, like Johnny Rotten at his most fatuous.

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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A sometimes repellent yet deeply moving film.

Brian Orndorf

Contains crippling, extended acts of sexual violence and general inhumanity, yet, under the bleeding rawness of it all, was a film of brilliant technical achievement and unrivaled, unrelenting ferocity.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Whether or not they tried very hard to get some of the odd shots they pulled off, this whole film feels like build-up to nothing, because the last 20 minutes… More
paul oh
Not a date movie! Its a hardcore french film about revenge and RAPE! Gasper Noe does not pull any punches when making this film about an evening gone wrong.
Matthew Slaven
How difficult is it to show the inhumanity in rape and brutal violence? This film is too interested in setting up sick ironies, like one scene soon after we see… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Human behaviour portrayed in it's most unpleassent form. Unlike real pointless shock-fests like Baise Moi here is a movie tackling very disturbing material… More
Chris Weber
Just one day after watching Oldboy and calling it one of the more grueling films I'd seen in a while, I finally sat down to watch the much talked about… More
Dan Schultz
A nasty, hard to watch exploitation flick about a woman (Monica Bellucci) who is brutally raped and beaten, and how her boyfriend and one of her ex-es go on a… More