The Reflecting Skin
The Reflecting Skin (1990)

Set in a 1950s-era American heartland of sprawling wheat fields and lonely old houses, The Reflecting Skin is British director Philip Ridley's fascinating and very strange investigation into the horrors of childhood innocence and… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1990
DVD Release Date: February 26, 1992
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Keyes

Moves with dreamlike confidence through a culvert of hard realities that are unflinching and insufferable, sometimes to the point of personal discomfort.

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Jason Gorber

The Reflecting Skin is a strange, at times wonderful film, one that leaves more questions open than answers. Its palate and performances collide in ways that seem unique decades on.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The director shows off his technical skills and a sick humor.

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Adam Lippe

When you name a character Dolphin Blue, saddle her with a dead husband she didn't know, which causes her to lose her mind, and suggest that she might be a 200 year-old vampire, you should probably suggest that she's more of a representational figure.

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Ed Gibbs
Electric Sheep

Philip Ridley's acclaimed tale of childhood, vampires and the prairie is as beautiful and menacing as ever.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Too odd for its own good; too disturbing to dismiss.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A little boy in rural post-WWII America believes that his lonely widow neighbor is a vampire who is killing his friends and wants to kill his beloved older… More
Anthony Valletta
For fans of the truly strange.
Ed Fucking Harris
An intresting film about the "nightmare of childhood." I could see a lot of people complaining about the seemingly random and creepy events of the… More
Steve Strange
Goes with Powder and Static. Australian, offbeat, creepy.