'The Loved Ones' Critic Reviews

73%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
98%
Rotten Tomatoes:   43 reviews
  • Dennis Harvey Variety (Top Critic)
    Transcends mere torture porn -- though there's plenty for the squeamish to squirm over here -- in its deftly controlled mix of empathy, grotesquerie and sardonic humor.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Eric Kohn indieWIRE (Top Critic)
    It's a terrifying masterpiece that turns high school drama into a literal dead zone.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Meredith Borders Badass Digest
    Sean Byrne has established himself as one hell of a guy to watch with his first feature film, delivering something bright, brand new and deeply felt.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Witney Seibold CraveOnline
    65
    I kinda dug the flick.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Craig Skinner HeyUGuys
    The Loved Ones has a lot to offer in wit, style and entertainment and I can highly recommend it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Salisbury Film School Rejects
    The most severe violence in the film is tempered by moments of effective dark humor.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark H. Harris About.com
    67
    The Loved Ones is a breath of fresh air for the so-called "torture porn" sub-genre of horror movies.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Baldwin We Got This Covered
    75
    There is clearly a lot of ambition to The Loved Ones and the near-brilliant leading performances help make the film a unique and terrifying experience.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Staci Layne Wilson Horror.com
    It's got heart, gore, suspense, and an unusual family-style drama you won't likely forget... and Lola is a terrific character: pretty scary in pink!
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    The Loved Ones constantly moves in unexpected directions.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Pam Grady Boxoffice Magazine
    80
    Moviegoers with an aversion to violence will stay away, but genre buffs with a taste for the extreme should ensure healthy ticket sales.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    There's enough genuine tension and imagination to provide some shocks and visceral chills.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Erik Childress eFilmCritic.com
    75
    Horror fans are going to love this, but those who recognize a filmmaking skill to go along with the gore may appreciate it even more.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    84
    Those with a fondness for cinematic evildoing might find themselves richly entertained by this macabre feature, which somehow manages the finer points of grief and festering wounds with exceptional directorial skill.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Calum Marsh Slant Magazine
    75
    Sean Byrne endows his rote slasher material with the kind of blackly comic wit and levity that virtually guarantee its entry into the contemporary midnight-movie canon.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Marc Fennell Triple j
    Edible roadkill, Frontal lobotomies, teenage psychopaths and Kasey Chambers music....Precisely what every school dance should feature, right? A surprising, fast, stylised Aussie torture porn.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Julie Rigg MovieTime, ABC Radio National
    It's a well made film. One for the gore fans.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Leigh Paatsch Herald Sun (Australia)
    60
    Arguably the only flaw to The Loved Ones' gore-and-guffaws approach is that Byrne does not quite have enough strong material to fill a noticeably slender 80-minute running time.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jim Schembri The Age (Australia)
    60
    A blood-spattered, tongue-in-cheek horror comedy that features plenty of low-rent gore, some extra-cheesy lines and some terrific performances.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Matthew Pejkovic Matt's Movie Reviews
    70
    Australian horror film The Loved Ones proves that it is the quiet ones you have to watch out for.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Stratton At the Movies (Australia)
    70
    The morbid jokes and the shocking moments of horror, all played straight by an excellent cast, plus some moments of grisly originality, combine in a film that's better than the average for this sort of admittedly dodgy exploitation piece.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Simon Miraudo Quickflix
    70
    Sean Byrne makes one hell (and I mean hell) of a feature film debut with The Loved Ones. It's slick, confident and wickedly funny. Lola is straight out of Sam Raimi's nightmares; a terrifying cross between Carrie and Rachel Berry from Glee.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Julian Shaw FILMINK (Australia)
    Debut director Sean Byrne has carved out a flick to stand beside Brian De Palma's high school horror classic Carrie, such is the beauty and brutality of his execution. It's the best entry to the Aussie horror canon since Wolf Creek.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • David Michael Brown Empire Magazine Australasia
    0
    Growing pains have never been this excruciating. The Loved Ones is an instant horror classic.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tim Martain The Mercury
    80
    The Loved Ones doesn't pull many punches, director Sean Byrne exercising an expert balance of tactical restraint and outright savagery.
    Full Review » 4 years ago