(I) (2009)

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Metascore

Based on 11 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
70
With both feet planted firmly on the sticky accelerator of the torture-porn vehicle, The Collector is a surprisingly stylish and confident high-concept thriller.
50
The Collector's destructive behavior enters the realm of the ridiculous before it ever touches the land of evil-badassness.
50
Making his directorial debut, Dunstan displays a knack for building suspense. And yet, weirdly, amidst all the requisite blood spray, one senses a reluctance on the filmmaker's part to linger lovingly over the pierced skins and protruding entrails of the killer's various victims.
50
Either you go for this sort of extreme, senseless gore or you don't. With its plot and lead performance, The Collector is, at least, an unusual specimen.
30
The Collector feels like the final, welcome nail in the bizarrely popular torture-porn coffin.
30
As the seconds tick down to midnight, Arkin becomes a reluctant hero trapped by a masked Collector in a maze of lethal invention--the Spanish Inquisition as imagined by Rube Goldberg--while trying to rescue the very family he came to rob.
25
The result is a sub-"Saw" knockoff that manages to be brutal yet monotonous, not to mention monstrously unpleasant.
20
The New York Times
Offers agony in a vacuum, a villain without a motive and a hero with more personal problems than lines of dialogue.
20
The Hollywood Reporter
In the absence of a sturdy, plausible foundation on which to hook all those grisly bits, the film, originally a Dimension release, tends to play out more like a protracted "Saw" outtake reel.
12
Another helping of egregious slicing and slashing.

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