Masterfully blends suspense with breakneck violence to produce what is perhaps one of the best teen slashers of the 21st century.
Beautifully filmed, with a bleak karmic mantra that makes for a frequently intense viewing experience.
Could have been so much more, but still an alluring watch which bursts with style and vengeful violence.
An almost perfect exercise in queasy tension, but would benefit from a tighter script and better characterisation.
Rawly sketched artwork complements the abstract plot line, which will please the exploitation and pulp fiction aficionado.
A sense of conviction and commitment to realism prevents the film from seeming an exercise in exploitation.
An arduous affair with a cringeworthy script that provides no value for the subgenres it attempts to straddle.
Bordering on unbearable, The Reverend pushes the limits of patience, the script basic and the acting self-consciously bad.
A non-linear approach wears thin, initial intrigue giving way to frustration as the story continually dances away with the cuts.
The cartoon violence on display here completely removes all sense of realism, shoving the film into torture porn territory.
A masterpiece that will make the world sit up and take notice of what is the perfect portrayal of the psychology of a man.
A cruel indictment on contemporary Japanese youth and their despondency, which unravels its cruel web satisfactorily.