Surge

critic Reviews

, 77% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Discomfiting by design, Surge will wear some viewers down -- but Ben Whishaw's mesmerizing performance keeps the action gripping even when it's hard to take.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Tim CogshellFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    An intense and engaging film from its first shaky, shaky frames.
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    K. Austin CollinsRolling Stone
    The intensity of Surge's scattered, myopic realism isn't for naught. Even with its familiar visual and dramatic approach, the movie packs an odd little punch.
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    Alexandra Heller-NicholasThe Blue Lenses
    What Surge achieves most impressively of all is how it pulls us into the sensory experience of being completely overwhelmed to the point where it untethers Joseph from reality entirely
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    William BibbianiTheWrap
    The character has very little impact on his world and does little to spark conversation outside of it, other than inarguable observations about the brilliance of Whishaw's captivating performance.
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    Isaac FeldbergRogerEbert.com
    A ferocious showcase for Whishaw, who's never been nervier, and a promising first feature from a filmmaker with energy to spare.
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    William RepassSlant Magazine
    More than effective in visualizing its protagonist's disorientated state of mind, the camerawork may leave viewers feeling like they just stepped off of a merry-go-round.
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    Gregg ShapiroBay Area Reporter
    Calling it difficult to watch is an understatement. Nevertheless, it's worth watching to see Whishaw in action in this challenging film.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    None of this can be viewed as fun. Surge is a downer from start to finish. But it is also hugely effective.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Ray LoboBattle Royale With Cheese
    Surge does not raise further questions for the viewer, it feels like a straight-ahead story about a man who is suffering from a mental health collapse.
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    Dennis Harvey48 Hills
    It crosses the line between the anxiety-inducing and the merely irritating in sticking us with a hero whose nervous breakdown is showy but meaningless.
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