Videodrome (1983)

In this David Cronenberg film, a strange television show called Videodrome, which shows uncut, unedited films of seemingly real human torture and murder, is intercepted by cable-television programmer Max Renn (James Woods) who specializes… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 4, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 8, 1998
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Visually audacious, disorienting, and just plain weird, Videodrome's musings on technology, entertainment, and politics still feel fresh today.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Simultaneously stupefying and boring, Videodrome is too extreme a blunder to survive exposure to a justifiably disillusioned horror-movie public.

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Chris Peachment
Time Out

There are distinct signs of strain in the plot convolutions, not least in the spectator's loss of faith over indiscriminate and cheating use of hallucination; what certainly survives is Cronenberg's wholesale disgust with the world in general.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette intriguing, deeply interesting film that over the course of almost three decades has acquired a prescient quality, but it's also schlock; a kind of cyberpunk rewrite of Network that indulges Cronenberg's taste for venereal horror.

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Variety Staff

Film is dotted with video jargon and ideology which proves more fascinating than distancing. And Cronenberg amplifies the freaky situation with a series of stunning visual effects.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Though Videodrome finally grows grotesque and a little confused, it begins very well and sustains its cleverness for a long while.

Scott Weinberg

There's little denying that Cronenberg was way ahead of his time with much of Videodrome.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Never coherent and frequently pretentious, the film remains an audacious attempt to place obsessive personal images before a popular audience -- a kind of Kenneth Anger version of Star Wars.

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Nick Rogers

Here, Cronenberg is a provocateur only to a point - boldly striding past boundaries of comfort but getting the heebie-jeebies upon approaching true profundity. But he wasn't too far from figuring out which incisions could cut the deepest.

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Sean Axmaker

... Videodrome is as contemporary and relevant as ever.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
There is a very thought-provoking idea about mass media control and paranoia in this strange hallucinogenic film, but despite that and the exceptional visual… More
Chris Weber
One of the craziest and creepiest mindfuck type of movies I've ever seen. This is a really interesting and original idea. I liked it, but jeepers is this… More
KJ Proulx
"Videodrome" is undeniably original and it boasts from extremely impressive visuals for it's time, but it sometimes goes way over the top and… More
Spencer S.
Cronenberg is for sure one of my favorite directors for his use of the surreal, his intense visual choices, and the underlying layers he uses to illustrate… More
Samuel Riley
A truly fascinatingly disturbing film. The idea of how humanity is so dependent on technology, its not just a necessity, its becoming part of us. Featuring some… More
Dan Schultz
A well-paced, competently acted study on society's obsession with violence and sex on television, and what if catharsis was released on a more physical… More

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