Freaks (2018)

Freaks (2018)

Freaks (2018)

Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern and Lexy Kolker star in this menacing sci-fi thriller nominated for Best Canadian Feature at Toronto.

"Isolated and desperate to get outside and experience life beyond the crumbling walls of their dilapidated house, Chloe (Kolker) finally makes a break for it when her sleep-deprived father (Hirsch) drifts off. But the outside world isn't all she envisioned ... She's immediately met by a twitchy, oddly familiar ice-cream salesman (Dern) who gives off the wrong kind of vibes but entices Chloe onto his truck. He speeds off to the park and en route she's introduced to a strange world, haunted by the threat of freaks who look like us but are markedly different — and likely dangerous." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2019104 minsUSA
Science FictionThriller
86%
want to see

Reviews & comments

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Its most effective trick, though, is to trap us all inside Chloe's head, presenting a child's-eye view of a world gone incomprehensibly mad.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's watchable and intriguing stuff, yet also silly and inconsistent.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Nothing is less scary than a movie that makes no sense.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...an unexpected gem of a film, well-acted, well-written and well-shot, with timely themes and clever staging.

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Variety

Variety

press

A tight yarn whose structural cleverness makes it easy to ignore the deeply familiar story at its core.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

The film doesn't earn many points for originality, but writer-directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein show just enough low-budget gusto to suggest that they might have a future as B-movie mavens.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[Kolker's] semi-improvised performance couldn't be any more authentic and she's well matched with Hirsch, drawing on his own parental experience, as her conflicted and overprotective father.

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Collider

Collider

press

Young Lexy Kolker delivers unforgettable work, and the level of detail and emotion Lipovsky and Stein achieve suggests this isn't a pair to merely lean on a clever concept. They strive to make it mean something and in the case of Freaks they've succeeded.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Its most effective trick, though, is to trap us all inside Chloe's head, presenting a child's-eye view of a world gone incomprehensibly mad.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's watchable and intriguing stuff, yet also silly and inconsistent.

0
RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

Nothing is less scary than a movie that makes no sense.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...an unexpected gem of a film, well-acted, well-written and well-shot, with timely themes and clever staging.

0
Variety

Variety

press

A tight yarn whose structural cleverness makes it easy to ignore the deeply familiar story at its core.

0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

The film doesn't earn many points for originality, but writer-directors Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein show just enough low-budget gusto to suggest that they might have a future as B-movie mavens.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

[Kolker's] semi-improvised performance couldn't be any more authentic and she's well matched with Hirsch, drawing on his own parental experience, as her conflicted and overprotective father.

0
Collider

Collider

press

Young Lexy Kolker delivers unforgettable work, and the level of detail and emotion Lipovsky and Stein achieve suggests this isn't a pair to merely lean on a clever concept. They strive to make it mean something and in the case of Freaks they've succeeded.

0

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