(2004)

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52

Metascore

Based on 12 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
80
It's an intensely crafted and genuinely memorable horror film from a striking new talent.
75
New York Post
Director-co-writer Fabrice du Welz has taken a clichéd premise and infused it with a stylish perversity that should have horror fans squealing with delight.
75
What sells this movie is the realistic attention to detail and the bravura direction of Fabrice Du Welz, who draws a gut-wrenching performance from Lucas, who cries, squeals and screams with the best of them.
63
Chicago Tribune
A stylish, nasty, very well-done Belgian horror movie.
60
The New York Times
Calvaire is pompous, but not without talent or shivers.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
By the time it reaches its final act, the film rivals its American counterparts in intensity if not quite in explicit violence.
60
Empire
A black comedy with flashes of genius, but let down by a sharp slide into chaos.
50
New York Daily News
A Belgian "Deliverance," Calvaire (The Ordeal) not only treats us to a few good scares, it also teaches us that Europe has its own rednecks.
50
An odd blend of recycled American exploitation movie tropes and snarky Euro-art film attitude.
30
It takes so long to get going and fails to generate the necessary suspense to keep viewers engaged, that the horrific final act is too little, too late, while at the same time nearly being much too much.

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