The Lure (Córki dancingu)
The Lure (Córki dancingu) (2017)

Agnieszka Smoczynska directed this off-beat horror comedy about two mermaid sisters who fall for the same man on dry land. The Lure debuted at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 1, 2017
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Lure adds a sexually charged, genre-defying twist to well-established mermaid lore, more than overpowering its flaws through sheer variety and wild ambition.

Scott Marks
San Diego Reader

A nod to politically correct species reassignment surgery livens the third act, but the film eventually sinks under the weight of its own silly excess.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

There is no continuity in narrative or character and it's all shot in an elliptical, heavily stylized, gaudily lit (much of it looks like it's shot through an algae-filmed aquarium) collage.

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Matt Patches

A musical-horror hybrid [streaked] with '80s neon and sexual metaphor for a coming-of-age that would never fly in Hollywood, but we're lucky to see sneak stateside.

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Barry Hertz
Globe and Mail

The result is hallucinatory and puzzling, but never anything less than captivating.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

A woozily entrancing mash-up, shimmying by itself in the corner of the horror-musical canon and sure to earn quizzically appreciative stares from genre enthusiasts.

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Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune

The Lure is a bit of a mess, both narratively and in terms of gruesome gore. But it's a supremely sexy, and exceedingly watchable, fish tale that's different from everything else on the menu.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Too bad the shipwreck of a screenplay can't keep up with the visuals, which are pretty great ...

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Odie Henderson
L.A. Weekly

It's sexy, fearless, fun and unrepentantly nasty.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

Unless you're an alternative-film buff with a fierce attraction to the offbeat, the allure of The Lure may be lost.

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