Prevenge (2017)

A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe, "Prevenge" follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a killing spree that's as funny as it is vicious. It's her misanthropic unborn baby dictating Ruth's… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 24, 2017
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As ambitious as it is daringly transgressive, Prevenge should thrill fans of pitch-black horror-comedy -- and open untold opportunities for writer/director/star Alice Lowe.

Andrew O'Hehir

The film is a precisely crafted black-comic nightmare in a distinctive British tradition, built around a truly extraordinary performance.

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Simon Abrams

A gonzo idea in search of better execution.

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Anthony Ray Bench
Film Threat

[Prevenge is] a thought-provoking, visually stunning film with just the right amount of humor to balance out some very gruesome and shocking death scenes.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

A pitch-black, blood-soaked comedy and phenomenal first feature by Alice Lowe, who also stars as Ruth, the pregnant heroine.

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Noel Murray
Los Angeles Times

This movie won't be for everybody, but fans of Lowe's prior work should be thrilled to see such a distilled dose of her perverse humor.

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Aubrey Page

Prevenge forgoes the traditional pitch of horror-comedies and never mines its kills for laughs. The violence in the film is graphic but never showy, preferring to revel in the awkward muck of bloodletting, the reality of taking a life.

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David Ehrlich

If The Boss Baby offered the family-friendly suggestion that having a child is akin to a corporate merger, Alice Lowe's gleefully demented Prevenge makes the far less pacifying argument that carrying one is more like a hostile takeover.

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Katie Rife
AV Club

Lowe's take on pre- and postnatal depression and the dark side of motherhood is undeniably unique. If nothing else, you've got to respect a woman who will push herself through a doggy door while seven months pregnant for her art.

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Andy Crump
Paste Magazine

Another storyteller might have designed Prevenge as a more comically-slanted effort, but Lowe has sculpted it to smash taboos and social norms.

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