Knives and Skin

2019

Knives and Skin

Critics Consensus

Knives and Skin's daunting ambitions occasionally elude its grasp, but this remains a powerfully written and uniquely timely coming-of-age thriller.

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What happened to Carolyn Harper? Part suburban nightmare, part neon-soaked teenage fever dream, this tantalizing mystery traces the wave of fear and distrust that spreads across a small Midwestern town in the wake of a high school girl's mysterious disappearance. As the loneliness and darkness lurking beneath the veneer of everyday life gradually comes to light, a collective awakening seems to overcome the town's teenage girls--gathering in force until it can no longer be contained. Unfolding in a hallucinatory haze of lushly surreal images, Knives and Skin is a one-of-a-kind coming-of-age noir that haunts like a half-remembered dream.

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All Critics (63) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (19)

  • Reeder is deadly serious about the film's themes of teenage girls' fears, desires and demons, though there's a fair amount of deadpan black comedy...

    Dec 11, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Social satire's strange sights and sounds are sure to stick with you.

    Dec 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The positive qualities lie in the surrealistic film's bold cinematography, distinctive use of music, and diversity of cast, though that's not enough to redeem this tedious viewing experience.

    Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Like the songs sung by its young cast, Knives and Skin feels like cinematic karaoke, lacking in authorship or deeper meaning.

    Dec 6, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's Twin Peaks as recast through the lens of radical feminism, if not nearly as academic as that sounds.

    Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

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  • Awash in Christopher Rejano's neon-hued cinematography and punctuated by Nick Zinner's eerie synth soundscapes, Reeder's meandering tale is a fever dream of ideas.

    Dec 5, 2019 | Full Review…

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