Poison (1991)

Todd Haynes' feature debut is structured around three interlocking vignettes. In the AIDS allegory "Horror," filmed in the style of 1950's science fiction B-movies, a scientist (Larry Maxwell) distills the human sex drive… More

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Rated: NC-17
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Release Date: April 5, 1991
DVD Release Date: February 15, 2000
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

I could have done without the designer prison, but most of the other stylistic conceits work.

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David Ansen

Boldly self conscious, Poison switches channels among its three stylistically varied but thematically linked tales with cumulative, claustrophobic power.

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A stylish study of human deviance at its dirtiest.

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Rob Nelson
Village Voice

Arguably the strongest American debut feature of the '90s.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Compelling and quirkily intelligent; Genet, one feels, would have been impressed.

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TV Guide

An exercise in cinema of ideas that, while audacious and occasionally compelling, is ultimately less than the sum of its parts.

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Variety Staff

Todd Haynes' Poison is a conceptually bold, stylistically audacious first feature, a compelling study of different forms of deviance.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The movie needs to evoke more than the ghost of Genet to give it resonance.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

captures the spirit of Genet's work

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Three stories about a prison romance, a boy who flies away after killing his father, and a scientist who becomes a leprous sex monster are entwined. I think I… More
Stephen Earnest
Less a cohesive motion picture than it is a collection of ugly, awkward, poorly-realized scenarios, "Poison" is the visually repulsive and, at times,… More
jd cryptic
A beautiful, deeply eerie, and disgusting film. This controversial NC-17 movie is a small masterpiece. Story 1: "Hero" <img… More
Quinto Wallight
It has been made perfectly clear that Todd Haynes will never disappoint me and this film is the proof of that. His fascinating storytelling creativity flows… More
Mike T.
The small budget for this film did not hold back Todd Haynes' big ideas. This is a disquieting, challenging movie that presents us wiith heavy subject… More