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Based on 19 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Austin Chronicle
Audition's take on the war between the sexes is bleak and almost entirely devoid of hope. --It's enough to make you give up dating altogether.
Chicago Tribune
Creates an atmosphere of frenzy that is both powerful and unforgettable, providing neither solace nor comfort.
New Times (L.A.)
A warning is virtually mandated: No one who's even the least bit squeamish should even think about seeing Audition. But, if you have a taste for the disturbing, it's a trip that will stay with you for some time.
The picture is about victims -- but it's also a great, sick rush with a kicker on the level of "The Vanishing."
Los Angeles Times
A diabolically adroit piece of filmmaking that goes even further than the films of Italy's excruciatingly macabre Dario Argento.
L.A. Weekly
How Miike gets us from amiable point A to debilitating point B is a remarkable act of manipulation and control that may leave you feeling sucker-punched, even brutalized, but you won't forget the experience anytime soon.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The first two-thirds of the movie are a kind of stumbling relationship drama, but the last third segues into a spooky feast of torture, mutilation and murder.
The most startling aspect of this slow-building horror movie is how unexpectedly it morphs from a quietly romantic suspense yarn to a flat-out tale of terror that may have some viewers hiding under their seats.
Boston Globe
A long crawl from inception to climax.
Village Voice
After simmering for an eternity, it derails, with spectacular, psychotic force, bulldozing its way toward an almost unwatchable theater of cruelty.

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