“Torture Porn Mess”
“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“The Torture Porn Sub-genre Cuts Slack”
“Hugely Violent With A Plot That Lacks Complexity”
This is a remake of Meir Zarchi's infamous 1978 exercise I Spit on Your Grave, made back when torture porn was readily identified as disgusting and worthy of outrage. Now it's just one more movie in which genitals are sliced.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Female-empowerment fantasy or just plain prurience, Grave is extremely efficient grindhouse.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
It's better made, more plausible than the original, the sexual violations less drawn out, the vengeance more violent and elaborate.
Philip French - Guardian [UK]
Audiences who like the spectacle of men being tortured and women being raped may well be the same audiences. For them, this film offers a two-for-one deal.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
When every injury is repaid with interest, this self-destroying work has nowhere to go but to the credits. Such symmetry is a dismal, barbarian sort of perfection.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
This despicable remake of the despicable 1978 film I Spit on Your Grave adds yet another offense: a phony moral equivalency.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
I Spit on Your Grave is exploitation pure and simple. But it's artistically redeeming exploitation. If you can handle it, see it.
V.A. Musetto - New York Post
An attempt to trade on its predecessor's reputation without really grappling with the questions it raises, Monroe's version merely seems shallow, cynical and extremely ugly.
Jason Anderson - Toronto Star
Neither boring enough to qualify as pornography nor vital enough to generate a controversy.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Just piles imaginary atrocities on top of real ones, and then halfheartedly claim that it means something. Well, it doesn't.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Exploitation remake delivers sadism and gore but little else.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
Certainly, the rape and killings are more intricate, graphic, excruciating and nauseating. Hooray.
Michael Ordona - Los Angeles Times
It's intentionally, efficiently ugly, through and through.
John Gholson - Cinematical
This remake exists in that movie's shadow and, instead of attempting to outshock the original, ups the elaborate revenge aspect and gives you something to shamelessly cheer for.
Dave White - Movies.com
Nada mais e do que uma narrativa repleta de misoginia, preconceito e estupidez.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It's not that they don't deserve punishment, but the scale here is so out-of-whack with what we're shown, with one battered, tiny girl devising and executing tortures that would have required several construction crews and a team of black ops agents.
Adam Lippe - Examiner.com
Pretty much across the board the characters are more interesting in the remake, but that's really only because they actually are characters to some degree, as opposed to the caricatures presented in the '78 version.
Ross Ruediger - Bullz-Eye.com
If you look at it the right way, I Spit on Your Grave is powerful stuff, much better to be faced and discussed than dismissed and ignored.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
As dubious as the original, though easier to watch in several ways.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Mostly well made, with solid performances, but there's very little that's fresh or original about this remake.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
Gory and violent without really hitting home in either a visceral or meaningful way, and there are chunks that are actually quite dull.
Mike Edwards - Obsessed With Film
Mike Edwards - What Culture
The sexual violence caused the British Board Of Film Classification to demand 43 seconds of cuts. A shame they didn't cut the rest.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Doesn't appear to set out to eroticise rape, but equally doesn't care if eroticising rape is a by-product of its aim to provoke an emotive reaction - any reaction - in viewers
Catherine Bray - Film4
As rape-and-revenge movies (and, indeed horror remakes) go, this is actually pretty good, thanks to strong performances, a decent script and some inventively nasty death sequences.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
I still prefer [Meir] Zarchi's contribution by miles, but this is nothing to scoff at either...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
For fans who like their cinema uncompromising, this is "shear" entertainment.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
Definitely wince-inducing and not for the squeamish, but ultimately a mechanical exercise in cashing-in.
Jeremy Aspinall - Radio Times
From a moral standpoint, I Spit On Your Grave is hard to defend, and from a critical one, it's not really worth defending.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
A marked improvement on the 1978 original, handled with quiet efficiency by director Monroe, there's enough thrills and chills here to grip horror fans.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
By honing the jagged edges of Meir Zarchi's cheap and nasty rape-revenge shocker into slick entertainment, this unwelcome remake improves technically on the 1978 original, while retaining all that was sleazy and repellent...
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
There's a danger that, with films as graphic as this one, you end up reviewing the audience rather than the movie.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Witless, ugly, leering, and unnecessary.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
A remake of two halves that both have impact but don't match up tonally.
Rosie Fletcher - Total Film
The most shocking thing about this remake of one of the most notorious exploitation movies of the '70s is how dull it is.
Maitland McDonagh - Miss FlickChick
Was there really any reason to remake this?
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Better than the original
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
Relentlessly sadistic, stupefying and slick. In other words, it's a roaring -- actually, more like high-pitched shrieking -- success. And I can't think of one reason why anyone should see it.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
The grimy sickness displayed here just isn't as brutally potent as it was in this film's predecessor.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A vast improvement over its unwatchable, hopelessly dated predecessor...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
While it's not really something I can see myself revisiting any time soon, it's a solid, well made film that should please hardcore horror fans.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Audience reaction to the scene where Matthew is finally goaded into "taking his turn" will make you wish for a rogue asteroid to wipe out humanity once and for all.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Half rape, half revenge and all repulsive...[but] certainly efficiently made for what it is.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
In addition to all the obvious things that are disgusting about this movie, I Spit on Your Grave is trying to get us to hate each other. Hate it instead. It makes more sense and the hatred is much more deserved.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Not surprisingly, the remake gussies up the grindhouse roughness of the first film, which makes it relatively more palatable -- yet still vapid and repulsive -- while also, in a perverse way, selling it out.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
So detestable it makes the exploitative, misguided 1978 original seem a thoughtful rumination on the subject.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Not as unsettling as the recent Last House on the Left remake or as transcendent as the French-Canadian thriller 7 Days. It's just a depraved cartoon played with a straight face.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
No one is ever going to confuse Steven R. Monroe's remake with The Passion of Joan of Arc, but this ostensibly silly horror quickie possesses a formal sophistication that would make Carl Theodor Dreyer sit up and take notice.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
[O]n nearly every level ? script, performances, cinematography, pacing ? [this version] is superior. But here's the rub: 2010 isn't 1978.
Andy Klein - Brand X
Shorn of much of its psychosexual menace, the new Grave is gelded.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
I Spit on Your Grave improves on Meir Zarchi?s 1978 original, but that?s not saying much.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
Thirty-two years later, what most shocks about Steven R. Monroe's remake of Zarchi's cheapo classic is its utter predictability.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
While the material is bleak as hell, the players add some depth and dimension to their characters and one can see the makeup and f/x crew was working overtime to deliver the most realistic, gruesome death scenes possible.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Certainly this remake will not leave everyone smiling, but by taking a modern myth and turning it into a moral minefield, it earns its place in the annals of unease.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
It is a movie that digs into a heart of darkness on par with the criminal atrocities that soldiers of all stripes commit against innocent people every day. If it's tough to swallow, that's because it's supposed to be.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Hugely violent, well-acted, with a plot that lacks complexity of, for example, Eli Roth's 'Hostel 2.'
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve