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Death and the Maiden

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United Kingdom, France, United States · 1994
Rated R · 1h 43m
Director Roman Polanski
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson, Krystia Mova
Genre Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Ex-political activist Paulina is convinced that the man who just gave her husband Gerardo a ride home after his car broke down is actually the physician who brutalized her 15 years before in the name of the fascist regime gripping their country at the time. A riveting, relentless thriller about one woman's revenge and the extents she will go to in getting her alleged abuser to admit to his crimes.

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San Francisco Examiner by

There's not much mystery here; there's only one outcome that could possibly make dramatic sense. And once you realize that, there's not much to do besides watch some very adept performers chew on their lines.


Salon by Charles Taylor

It's an exceptionally intelligent and controlled piece of direction, and for once Polanski didn't hide his emotions in a death's-head grin. The movie is raw and passionate and unresolved in a way that's unique among his work.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Polanski abandons all attempts at subtlety. The resulting production ends up far too heavy-handed to be considered powerful drama.


Empire by Kim Newman

Even by their high standards, the performances of Weaver and Kingsley here are impressive, and Polanski ratchetts up the tension nicely. A chilling and thought-provoking piece.


Austin Chronicle by Marc Savlov

Death and the Maiden is a streamlined razor-ride of a movie: taut, riveting, and a psychological horror show that will leave nail-marks in your palms for days afterwards.


San Francisco Chronicle by Mick LaSalle

Polanski directs the film without a wasting a moment. The occasional humor does nothing to relieve tension but, as in a Hitchcock picture, has a way of increasing it.


Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

Death and the Maiden doesn't always escape its contraption origins, but it ends with one of the most honest-and poetic- reckonings of human evil in modern movies. It's Polanski braying at his own bitter moon.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

Polanski, working from a fluid script by Dorfman and Rafael Yglesias ("Fearless"), gives the story its due. He creates an atmosphere of claustrophobic tension to rival his "Knife in the Water" and "Repulsion".

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