Michael (2012)

Michael (Michael Fuith), a seemingly meek insurance agent, has a secret: he's holding 10-year-old Wolfgang (David Rauchenberger) captive in a locked room in his basement. Chronicling a five month period, director Markus Schleinzer… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 15, 2012
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Another full unfaltering performance by a child. This time it's in a horror film.

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Alonso Duralde

What interests Schleinzer is putting us inside Michael's head, even though we're repelled by his activities, and his no-frills approach works.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Objective, analytic, clinical, dispassionate-these are not words often used to describe something so engrossing and gripping.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

A strange and agonizingly engrossing drama despite its repellent subject.

Mark Jenkins

Like its protagonist, Michael is deliberate and very discreet. It shocks by suggestion, not by display.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

Michael does have undeniable moral purpose. It forces us to ponder the way society chooses - another easy option - to comfortingly reclassify such perpetrators as monsters.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

There are no easy conclusions here - no explanations. Events unfold with a random, even black comic abandon.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

It's a chilling film about the routine business of unspeakable acts.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Haneke without the soul, and if you've seen enough of that man's pictures, you can maybe perceive how unsettling the idea of a soulless Haneke sounds.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A deeply disturbing character study that takes on the hard task of humanizing a monstrous psychopath, focusing on a three-dimensional human predator who is able… More
Jesse Ortega
I'd say this is a good movie, one that mostly suggests instead of show you the more horrific aspects of Michael's pedophilia. That's definitely… More
Walter M.
The central lesson of the movie "Michael" is that if you think there is something wrong with the mild-mannered, accident-prone, eyeglass-wearing,… More
Hassan Vawda
The premise for this film is more fascinating than the film itself. It is well directed and really well acted but it delves no deeper than the shallow end in… More
Ryan Marshall
***1/2 out of **** Michael (Michael Fuith) is a shy little man who works a competent job and seems to live a competent life with a competently spacy home and… More
Daniel Parsons
<i>Michael</i> is a disturbing but quiet, largely evasive drama involving Michael - a man with a regular job who "keeps to himself", and… More

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