Repulsion (1965)

When Carol, a shy young Belgian, is left alone for a few days in the Kensington flat she shares with her sister, she begins to withdraw into a reclusive existence where innocuous everyday realities are distorted by deep-seated anxieties. On… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 3, 1965
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
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Consensus: Roman Polanski's first English film follows a schizophrenic woman's descent into madness, and makes the audience feel as claustrophobic as the character.

Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly

Roman Polanski's first English-language film is still a creepy little horror masterpiece.

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Variety Staff

Deneuve, without much dialog, handles a very difficult chore with insight and tact.

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Monthly Film Bulletin

How much one remains held by all this probably depends on how much one is interested by the case-book aspect of Carol's story, but at least there are ample visual compensations.

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TIME Magazine

At second glance, or as often as a moviegoer can bear to peek through his knotted fingers, it is a Gothic horror story, a classic chiller of the Psycho school and approximately twice as persuasive.

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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

The ordeal we and Polanski craved for Deneuve turned out to be just a sport, and we were the ball -- just as we'd hoped.

Simon Miraudo

The young Catherine Deneuve (she was 22 at the time of filming) gives a performance so unsettling and so precise, I can barely believe she grew into such a confident screen presence.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Roman Polanski's first film in English is still his scariest and most disturbing.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Still perhaps Polanski's most perfectly realised film, a stunning portrait of the disintegration, mental and emotional, of a shy young Belgian girl (Deneuve) living in London.

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

Roman Polanski takes us on a deeply disturbing, hallucinatory trip into Catherine Deneuve's mental breakdown in this British psychological thriller,

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Rubia Carolina
Extremely disturbing dive into madness. For sure, the best acting by Catherine Deneuve.
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Slow and dull, the film accomplishes its main goal: to disturb. But everything is so watered down, even the most frightening parts (that only come towards the… More
c0up á
'Repulsion'. A masterpiece in the psychological thriller genre, tackling sexuality, desire and fear. Catherine Denevue is a sensual, fragile delight,… More
paul oh
This was made in 1965 and is still pretty impressive. The directing style is fantastic! Catherine Denevue's schizophrenia mixed in with her deep sexual… More
Dan Schultz
A chilling, haunting exercise in the violent, paranoid dark side of the feminine world, particularly one blonde beauty (Catherine Deneuve) who goes through a… More