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Repulsion

1965
Suspense/Thriller
Horror
1h 45m
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Rated 13 Dec 2009
60
15th
only a rapist could make such a boring film about rape
Rated 25 Jul 2015
78
40th
Not the masterpiece its reputation would suggest. Denueve is great as the autistic/schizophrenic virgin with deep-seated sexuality issues, but since we're given none of her backstory or any humanizing personality traits, we're never allowed to empathize with her. Thus, her inevitable breakdown carries no sense of tragedy - we're simply watching an insane woman go even more insane. Also, as Polanski himself admits, this movie is way too slow.
Rated 25 Jun 2011
20
1st
Quite possibly one of the most boring movies I've ever had to endure. To call this slow is an understatement. The main character is boring and apathetic throughout the film, she has no personality but obvious issues with her sexuality and goes insane for unknown reasons. The movie can actually be compared to Taxi Driver in terms of (un)eventfulness, so if you thought that movie was good you might like this as well. How anyone could call this horror or suspense is beyond me though.
Rated 28 Sep 2009
5
91st
One of the most intense and frightening movies I've ever seen. Polanski had a real skill for the macabre and his portrayal here of a shattering, paranoid psyche is incredible. I've rarely felt this uneasy during a movie.
Rated 22 Aug 2007
90
95th
Shocking, raw and chilling, this thriller is a masterpiece of the genre, and you will never see Deneuve the same way again.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
89
92nd
Absolutely riveting, a perfectly realized portrait of a fragile psyche imploding. It's stylistic, it's creepy, and it's got to be a major influence on Eraserhead.
Rated 15 Nov 2011
95
98th
I had no idea that film could get this good. No doubt it is the best psychological horror of all time; everything is flawless from the score to the pacing to the writing. Deneuve's acting is top notch and she gives the most convincing and accurate portrayal of mental illness in cinema to date. Raw, chilling and engrossing with some of the best symbolism ever thought of - I can't praise this masterpiece from Polanski enough. Simply tranquil.
Rated 26 Sep 2010
52
16th
It was not my cup of tea at all. Generally, journeys into madness are interesting; but this one was rather dull and unconvincing. Aside from a great musical score and 1-2 creepy scenes, it was really boring. I like Polanski, but this one is very overrated.
Rated 28 Jul 2010
5
93rd
An utter masterpiece from Roman Polanski, something unsettling and genuinely frightening. Perception and reality become warped, imparted through expressive cinematography and sound design, packed with details that give the film incredible texture. It's a testament to her ability that the typically provocative bombshell Catherine Deneuve is able to give a virginal, repressed role such impact. The heart of her performance is in her eyes, distant and impenetrable.
Rated 18 Nov 2010
100
98th
Polanski's brilliantly crafted and profoundly morbid thriller about a London manicurist who harbors a consuming hatred of sex, and who, when her stable sister leaves town on a romantic holiday, goes spectacularly insane locked inside her flat -- the walls turn to putty, the carcasses putrify, and the outside world won't keep away. Catherine Deneuve is for the first time used counter to her serene, blank appearance.
Rated 13 Apr 2010
93
96th
A creepy, disturbing, deliberately paced psychological trip. Polanski creates an amazing sense of unease and confusion, and leaves just enough ambiguity for us to chew on. The black and white cinematography is gorgeous, and the main actress plays her subdued role with a perfect amount of subtle strangeness. A very well made and intriguing thriller that deserves to be pondered and studied.
Rated 24 May 2009
87
86th
One of the most effective and chilling thrillers ever made. Deneuve does a very good job coming across as damaged, crazy and dangerous.
Rated 19 Nov 2018
92
98th
Patiently paced, unnerving and occasionally surreal, Deneuve shines in this wonderfully-made examination of a young woman unravelling quite spectacularly. I feel like I've seen its influence on numerous occasions; David Lynch is the first name that springs to mind. I also learned that the DP Gilbert Taylor worked on both Star Wars and Flash Gordon, which pleased me for some reason, Anyway, this is great, and you should watch it.
Rated 12 Mar 2010
68
38th
The perfect film until I watched it.
Rated 10 Jul 2010
90
92nd
I love the atmosphere of this film. I love Deneuve's hair, which seems to have been created for black & white film. The slow crumbling into deranged paranoia due to shattering psyche (illustrated to great effect by cracking walls) feels like a precursor to even more hallucinatory films like Woman in the Dunes, Eraserhead, etc. If you like those, you need to see this.
Rated 11 Dec 2010
70
63rd
Great visual style, but not much interesting happens until the last half hour. People comment that this film is about a young woman going mad, but it seemed to me that the chick was totally wacko from the beginning. Definitely creepy and scary in parts despite being kinda dated.
Rated 03 Feb 2007
72
32nd
Deneuve gives a great performance, but her character just isn't one I'm especially interested in. The entire film goes a bit too far in terms of style over substance making it feel somewhat tedious and empty. It is a great visual and atmospheric achievement from Polanski, though.
Rated 22 Mar 2007
100
95th
Two hours of Catherine Deneuve going ABSOLUTELY INSANE in her apartment. One of the most scary and disturbing movies ever produced
Rated 19 Feb 2011
95
98th
An intense and claustrophobic psychological thriller. The atmosphere is oppressive from the very start and only gets more unsettling as the film progresses towards its shocking climax. Deneuve's psychosis is handled in a sympathetic manner, although we're never left in any doubt about utterly insane she is. Polanski's cinematography is flawless, and I'm glad he didn't go overboard with the hallucinations. The ending is perfect - we're just left to wonder what happened to the girl in that photo.
Rated 07 Apr 2012
90
97th
Polanski made this just as a means to an end in order to get funding for his Cul-de-Sac. Funny than that it turned out to be one of his best films.
Rated 29 Jan 2011
80
86th
Character study meets psychological thriller, kept constantly unnerving by the terrific photography which is sometimes intrusive but never gets between the audience and Deneuve's remarkable turn. Quite brilliant.
Rated 25 Aug 2009
90
84th
A classic "slow burn" of a movie that sets itself on self-destruct and steps back, letting the insanity seep in until everything collapses around its protagonist.
Rated 01 Nov 2009
91
89th
This movie is relatively slow to start but it's one of the best films of a slow descent into madness that I've ever seen, horrifying and brilliant.
Rated 16 Jan 2012
80
90th
It was quite slow to start off with, which might put some people off. But the second half has some great stuff. I found it to be genuinely unnerving and scary at times. I was uncomfortable and on-edge for some scenes. The dream/fantasy sequences were really well-done and effective. These were backed up especially by the very percussive score.
Rated 02 Jun 2011
85
93rd
Initially indifferent, progressively involving, ultimately brilliant, Roman Polanski's (the master of the creepy) "Repulsion" has had a critical influence on several contemporary horror films, such as the recent "Black Swan". Deneuve is electrifying as the fragile beauty who slips into insanity, while Polanski's direction is skillful and fearless. The film was revolutionary for the time and it can still be chilling today.
Rated 26 Dec 2013
83
68th
Polanski certainly deserves credit 4 weaving something that must've been truly groundbreaking at the time; first person-POV's of descents in2 madnesss r still unusual. At the same time it's easy 2 c why critics in love with arthouse pretention labeled it a masterpiece given its "leisurely" pacing and its distaste 4 explanations, which insure the film is rife with entry-points for those eager 2 write dissertations on the Dialectics of Seriously Serious Cinema/The Male-Gaze/Feminism, etc., etc!
Rated 26 Feb 2007
92
91st
Scary, intense. Wonderful, gritty photography. Simple yet haunting.
Rated 06 Nov 2012
91
75th
For being the weakest out of Polanski's "apartment trilogy", Repulsion is certainly not without its merits: Catherine Deneuve's detached performance, charming blend of surreal dream sequences and claustrophobia, excellent black and white cinematography. I'm not entirely convinced by the progression of events, nor am I convinced by the dénouement, but even these apparent faults do little to subdue the raw emotional power. I love the confusion in the anticlimactic ending.
Rated 10 Oct 2014
16
0th
A product of it's time. Only of interest to film historians, IMO.
Rated 06 Sep 2010
92
94th
I first saw this film when I was in a really bad mood and it was the perfect thing to cheer me up. This film just wants to show you how much of a demented fuck it is. It's seriously fun, and Catherine Deneuve is psychotically hot in this one.
Rated 19 Nov 2009
93
97th
its like an unsetteling version of cocteaus beauty and beast - where the mind is a capricious animal, waitung to tear everything apart.
Rated 28 Jan 2011
60
17th
This is an elaborate 105 minute joke right? I was itching for my friends at MST3k to save me by riffing this. The only thing funnier than this movie are the trailers saying it was twice as good as Psycho.
Rated 16 Jan 2013
50
8th
I was bored to a degree that nary a moment passed where my eyes searched for something to look at other than the TV. Good job Polanski, I was repulsed indeed, but not in the way you intended.
Rated 30 Jan 2010
87
75th
A memorable film about loneliness and madness.
Rated 16 Mar 2012
70
50th
Paranoid madness. Very strong performance of Catherine Deneuve and very atmospheric.
Rated 30 Apr 2015
70
70th
There are better ways to watch it, than with a pretty German in your arms, who had suffered from the same condition when he was at the age you were when you first attempted to watch it.
Rated 31 Jan 2009
94
89th
I asked myself if that woman was really Catherine Deneuve.
Rated 07 Mar 2016
8
80th
I AM ALONE AND I CANT DEAL BECAUSE IM CRAZY. Sorry can't relate..... oh wait its 2016 and that's everyone. Little chilling.
Rated 21 Oct 2011
82
76th
Captures the point of view of one person as well as any movie ever has. A very stylish horror film.
Rated 25 Sep 2007
35
9th
The hand thing's pretty creepy (still it's Art Art Art all the way).
Rated 02 Jul 2014
75
71st
Neither a fan of Polanski nor horror movies, I got dragged into this one. In her mad world, it's sometimes hard to recognize the shapes and that's because of the strange lightening. Disturbing darkness was all over the place. All aside, why on earth does Polanski need to pick two fantastic French actresses for an English-language movie?
Rated 04 Jul 2010
82
94th
Catherine Deneuve rocks!
Rated 30 Mar 2016
30
23rd
Once again Roman Polanski comes up with an interesting idea that he completely fails to combine with a compelling plot. What could have been a gripping case study of a traumatized rape victim turned out to be one of the most bland and uninteresting movies I've seen in quite some time.
Rated 13 Jan 2010
9
93rd
2,000th film! Creepy and pretty weird. I loved it. Slow in that really good way that only a good director can do. The cinematography is amazing and Deneuve always seems to be good.
Rated 26 Sep 2008
76
76th
Didn't wow me as much as I'd hoped. Truthfully, I preferred The Tenant.
Rated 17 Oct 2010
85
77th
#1207 - 17 ekim 2010 & polanski basarisiz ve etkisiz bir yonetmen, mukemmel bir senarist. imgesel anlatimi, atmosfer kurmadaki ogelerin kullanimi basarili - ama kamerasi zayif. sinemasi icten fakat hep bi eksiklik hissi hakim. / film o kadar duraganki, sanki karakterler agir cekim hareket ediyor! / bu film, polanski'nin hastalikli bir zihne sahip oldugunun acik kanitidir.
Rated 09 Aug 2008
89
94th
Take an Emily Dickinsonian paranoia of male sexuality and make it into a claustrophobic horror tale. As far as I can tell this is the harbinger of art ranging from the postmodern horror novel House of Leaves to the bizarre works of David Lynch.
Rated 04 Jun 2013
80
74th
That was intense, although I'll have to watch it again in the future to make sure I saw what I saw - it was 2am, after all. You know somethings up and then all of a sudden...BAM! You're covered in hot chocolate and you have no idea what just happened. Films rarely make me spill stuff all over myself, so this gets a high rating just for doing that.
Rated 30 Jan 2013
40
32nd
A confusing look at insanity. An incredibly beautiful girl seems mostly vacant. When her sister takes a vacation, she withdrawals to her apartment and slowly loses her grip on reality. She imagines being sexually attacked, and is barely able to react to the world around her. Then, inexplicably, she kills, and then kills again. The plot is sometimes boring, sometimes captivating. An old photo in the final scene shows her as a young girl already showing the madness in her eyes. Poignant but slow.
Rated 16 Apr 2017
69
46th
Roman Polanski just walked up to the psychosexual master of suspense and said "my crown now"
Rated 11 Oct 2007
80
91st
Polanski's first English language film, considered a classic psychological thriller, is a very well made, highly disturbing portrayal of a protagonist experiencing repression of sexuality, phobia, obsessive compulsive behavior, hallucination and paranoia, and eventually psychosis.
Rated 08 Jun 2020
78
49th
Classic presentation of withdrawal from and repulsion against sexuality.
Rated 15 May 2008
100
99th
Wizardly distressing and mesmerizing.
Rated 13 May 2012
84
82nd
Excellent film that laid the groundwork for every Lifetime original movie ever made. Double feature this with "Marnie" and all the sudden I don't feel so bad about being divorced.
Rated 14 Apr 2024
100
97th
Rated 27 May 2015
90
91st
I would acquit Polanski based on the hand scene alone
Rated 26 Mar 2024
60
35th
Rated 07 May 2012
92
96th
Intense and deeply psychological, Deneuve's breakdown is explored well and the direction is excellent. The film has long, long stretches with no dialogue, which only add to the unease that permeates throughout.
Rated 26 Oct 2009
80
81st
2nd viewing: Brilliant psychological horror with the best performance by Deneuve. The dramaturgical dynamics [I still can't seem to find a proper word for it] of the film kind of goes flat in the end. Also the ending itself is a little.... I don't want to say dissapointing, but it doesn't feel right. However this doesn't matter, because it still works great as a psychological study with elements of "virgin fears" and isolation.
Rated 23 May 2013
80
94th
The suspense builds up in an almost Hitchcockian way towards a nail-biting last 20 minutes. The rapid descent into madness is portrayed with a near perfect mix between surreal and real, wonderfully framed with the beginning and end shots of the film.
Rated 05 Oct 2014
77
68th
Well, this explains the failure of Carol Ledoux's brief career as a house-sitter.
Rated 20 Oct 2013
75
68th
It was pretty good, even though I liked the Tenant better
Rated 05 Dec 2011
85
90th
Would be higher if i didn't go insane myself
Rated 10 Oct 2012
76
86th
Would have liked it a lot more if there had been even ten minutes more of her being 'normal' in the beginning. As it stands it's a great depiction of spiraling madness but we have very little sense of who Carol is, beyond her sexual repression.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
82
85th
Quite interesting, though slightly heavy handed.
Rated 18 Jul 2016
58
16th
I can't believe this movie gets so much praise. It's neither scary nor suspenseful, let alone entertaining. At least the cinematography is nice, and I liked the cracking walls
Rated 26 Jul 2011
80
91st
Absolutely shocking and frightening in a way that no other art-horror film can claim to be. So many great scenes. Might be Polanski's best after Chinatown.
Rated 12 Jan 2009
99
92nd
Catherine Deneuve is preforming a necrophilia - how can you forget that !
Rated 12 Aug 2011
95
93rd
I think this is one of the best directed movies of all-time. Really. It's that good.
Rated 05 Sep 2023
60
44th
What "Repulsion" really succeeds in is the depiction of the protagonist's mental unraveling; Catherine Deneuve is very convincing as the listless Carol, the explicit and insinuated themes are hefty, and the photography and production design are suitably nightmarish. However, the narrative is pretty limited and even repetitive, the character insight is scarce, sometimes hallucinatory moments disrupt otherwise perfectly realistic scenes, and all in all the film never manages to truly captivate.
Rated 04 Jul 2008
70
22nd
Not for everyone....
Rated 01 Mar 2008
84
74th
# 328
Rated 04 Feb 2008
88
94th
Great mood! Beautiful, skillful Deneuve. The most horrifying moment is when she "sees" man entering through the blocked door into her bed! And everything you can hear from soundtrack is ticking clock. Nice close-ups, perfect score and sound world.
Rated 01 Sep 2020
67
75th
Haunting, but somehow safely distant.
Rated 07 Jul 2012
94
90th
Slow-moving for a while, but as you realize what this picture is really about all the buildup becomes worth it. An amazing central performance underscores a very tense story.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
90
93rd
Terrifying.
Rated 24 Oct 2016
51
9th
The only repulsion I felt during this movie was the fact that I was tricked into thinking this movie was a horror film. This art-house thriller involves an incredibly boring Catherine Deneuve who at times shows some brilliance and for the rest of the time she looks like a bored empty shell of a human. The description of this movie is about a sexually confused girl, except I guess the only confusion she has...
Rated 28 Sep 2016
86
35th
Sufficiently weird for my taste, but not sufficiently good.
Rated 08 Jan 2018
68
66th
Repulsion still seems provocative today, at least thematically, but it suffers from pacing problems in the first half that are even acknowledged by the director as an issue. Unlike Rosemary's Baby, there doesn't appear to be much subtext either, which, combined with the lack of psychology and visceral thrills, renders the mental decline of a troubled young beauty played well by Deneuve to be without much consequence. It's respectably crafted, but it isn't one of Polanski's best thrillers.
Rated 04 Aug 2012
90
89th
In the last ten or so minutes it falls into madness cliché territory (ironing without the plug, Deneuve starts going wild-eyed and crazy-smiled) but up until that point it's practically perfect. The cracking walls are just about the creepiest images I've ever seen in a film.
Rated 29 Mar 2013
45
29th
BEEN THERE DONE THAT GIRLFRIEND
Rated 15 Dec 2010
100
93rd
One of my favorite horror movies. I gave it 100 because I can't think of a single thing wrong with it.
Rated 20 Apr 2008
88
81st
As far as I'm concerned, this is the best directed movie I've seen of Polanski's at least visually. This is a twisty, chilling thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat with disturbing scenes and a jumpy, fast-pace that is reminiscent of the French New Wave in a lot of ways. Repulsion doesn't exactly seem like Polanski's style, but as far as I'm concerned that worked to its benefit.
Rated 12 Jun 2010
85
76th
Woah
Rated 04 Feb 2012
70
50th
There's subtle, but this is kind of over the edge. When Catherine Deveuve has anything to do she's pretty good, but the stone-faced staring when she's around other people got old pretty quick. I don't know whether to blame the actress or the director, but this film - which is good - could have been a lot better if we had a protagonist with some depth to her.
Rated 09 Feb 2020
0
1st
directed by a convicted rapist who fled the country to avoid jail time.
Rated 06 Dec 2011
93
99th
Its greatness lies in the fact that it is precisely a man's fantasy version of a broken/breaking woman. I mean, who knows a woman better than a man, especially one like Roman Polanski? Who understood the mind of teenage girls better than Phil Spector when he was making some of the greatest music of all time with The Crystals and The Ronettes?
Rated 29 Oct 2022
74
32nd
Mixed on this!! The scenes with Deneuve alone in the apartment are very creepy and unbelievably well-made and performed but I thought basically anything else especially all the damn British dudes was really annoying. I like the depiction of the breakdown but there’s a lot around it that irritated me.
Rated 25 Nov 2018
70
53rd
Carol: "We must get this crack mended."
Rated 03 Aug 2014
73
54th
A blonde Belgian man-hater suffers deep-mental trauma one weekend, after she is forced to stave off multiple suitors with household weaponry.
Rated 12 Aug 2015
82
83rd
The final shot makes devastating the portrayal of a girl's descent into psychological madness by way of childhood trauma. Few films capture a state of mind in such harrowing, chilling fashion, photographed in such a manner as to simultaneously portray both the chaos within Deneuve's mind and the surreal landscape only she bares witness to. Chico Hamilton's frenetic jazz score wonderfully supports the disarray experienced both by Deneuve and the spectator.
Rated 26 Oct 2012
72
63rd
* Casting, Acting : 7 * Script : 7 * Directing, Aura : 8 * Ease of Viewing : 7 * Naked Eye : 7
Rated 09 Jun 2020
91
94th
The fuck you mean no opening credits tracking shot of the nearby buildings?
Rated 19 Dec 2008
84
68th
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Rated 13 May 2013
80
57th
Repulsion is a psychological film that follows with a young, sexually repressed woman who essentially falls into madness. It was brought to us by Roman Polanski, who has done some other fantastic movies as well.
Rated 04 Aug 2013
55
4th
i am a big polanski fan, however, i found this film to be extremely slow and quite dull, indeed nothing really shocking happens until 47 minutes into the film.. very overrated.
Rated 13 Aug 2011
61
11th
There's no doubt Polanski's chops are working at full force here. The insanity and paranoia are palpable and more effective than most horrors these days. The cracks and hands, brilliant. Just great filmmaking. That's the appreciation I have for the film, but as an audience I came away from this feeling underwhelmed. It's never really clear why our protagonist is so unhinged and reclusive, she just sort of is. It was just never really possible for me to connect to this film on any level.
Rated 21 Nov 2010
90
89th
Descent into Madness - Deneuve is great
Rated 28 Mar 2024
85
86th
Rated 11 Jul 2008
48
43rd
Pauline Kael: "Undeniably skillful and effective, all right--excruciatingly tense and frightening. But is it entertaining? You have to be a hard-core horror-movie lover to enjoy this one." Which I am not. Awfully heavy-handed, but interesting in places.

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