The Columnist

critic Reviews

, 79% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Savagely funny and viscerally unsettling, The Columnist takes the unbridled vitriol of social media to its bloodily over-the-top conclusion.
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    Randy MyersSan Jose Mercury News
    It's wicked and cynical and I suspect Hollywood will want to remake it but will strip out its acidic nature.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's cool and so darkly funny. It is pitch-black in its humor.
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    Kate ErblandindieWire
    There's a giddy gruesomeness at the heart of Femke's blood-spattered new pastime, but awkward complications slow the story and prevent it from being fun or as harsh as it would like to be.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    "The Columnist" is sharp, funny and uneasy, and speaks to the fallacy of the world we live in. It's a killer romp.
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    Sara StewartBook & Film Globe
    Instead of leaning into the campy pleasures to be had in an American Psycho or Serial Mom-style celebration of going bonkers, The Columnist juxtaposes the daughter's free speech crusade with her mom's blood-spattered campaign to silence her critics.
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    Monica CastilloRogerEbert.com
    In the end, Van Aart's The Columnist has surprisingly little to say about online violence against women.
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    Deirdre CrimminsC-Ville (VA)
    Bloody fun turns swiftly into an examination of the power of voice and the line between good guys and bad guys.
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    Andrew WyattThe Lens
    There is a great horror film waiting to be made about the enervating dread of simply being a woman online, but The Columnist isn't that film.
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    Roger MooreMovie Nation
    Isn't that subtle and lacks...finesse.
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    Rich ClineShadows on the Wall
    It's gruesomely entertaining, even as the point becomes muddled.
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