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Velvet Buzzsaw

United States
Thriller. Mystery | Painting
In the cutthroat world of fine-art trading and representation, up-and-coming agent Josephina (Zawe Ashton) stumbles across a secret weapon: hundreds of dazzling paintings left behind after an elderly tenant in her building dies. Ignoring the instructions the clandestine artist left to destroy his work, she promptly starts circulating the paintings, which soon attract the attention of the heavy hitters around her—including her boss ... [+]
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"[It] is never less than a feast for the eyes even when it reduces the plot to B-level butchery (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Glenn Kenny
The New York Times
"The confident storytelling and the bravura acting - Daveed Diggs, Toni Collette and John Malkovich contribute compelling caricatures - carry 'Buzzsaw' all the way home."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Debruge
"It's hardly great art, but Dan Gilroy's (...) horror satire packs an undeniably trashy appeal as it skewers the snobbish world of galleries."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"There’s enough fun, writerly glee and actors enjoying their little rampages (...) is a decent distraction for a couple of hours, but also something of a schizophrenic case all its own."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Matt Goldberg
"A slasher movie with something to say (...) If you simply let the film unfold and accept it as a wild ride with some valuable insights, then Velvet Buzzsaw is a blast from start to finish.  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Brian Tallerico
"It’s a wildly inconsistent film, sometimes disappointingly clunky and as superficial as the world it’s mocking, but it’s also an ambitious piece of work with unforgettable imagery and an ace ensemble (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Meredith Borders
Bloody Disgusting
"Gilroy has a talent at telling surreal and occasionally even hallucinatory stories (...) It won’t take long for you to buy into Velvet Buzzsaw’s nuttiness (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
David Ehrlich
"Dan Gilroy's art world satire is as shiny and hollow as one of Jeff Koons' priceless balloon dogs (...) [It] needed to be 60% better or 20% worse in order to transcend the forgettable silliness of its existence"  NEG
United StatesUnited States F
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
"It’s like Bret Easton Ellis meeting John Carpenter in the bathroom at Art Basel (...) For a lot of its runtime, 'Velvet' (...) is fun and silly and enjoyably outrageous."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Gregory Ellwood
The Playlist
"Apologies in advance, but for lack of a better descriptor the whole thing is a mess. It’s not even good enough to be a cult movie which is backhanded compliment anyway. But, hey, at least the actors tried."  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
"A smart, enjoyable and original movie."  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Emily Yoshida
"Gilroy and Gyllenhaal have some kind of gonzo chemistry. Even if 'Velvet Buzzsaw' starts to sputter slightly after it’s made its point, it’s plenty exciting to witness the incredibly specific madness they whip up together."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
"It’s a mess, but a mostly enjoyable one, wildly careering between farce and frights, never risking boredom along the way (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Brian Lowry
"It's a modest twist on an old horror formula, where -- like snotty teenagers -- the viewer isn't supposed to feel especially guilty about watching the characters potentially become victims."  POS
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