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Donkey Punch Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

Novelty murders featuring unusual instruments of death! Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    43

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    This predictable film wouldn't be effective anywhere outside a DARE program.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    A workmanlike thriller that works as an (unconscious?) auto-critique of mainstreamed Internet-age hedonism.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Until it plunges into gore, the movie remains above the typical splatter 'n' scream fest. These careless hedonists are convincing, and the ensemble acting feels believable; the orgy looks very real. But the realism turns to caricature once the panicked party monsters begin viciously turning on one another.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Shows the sort of edge in places that will be appreciated by horror fanboys of all ages, but is mostly too overwrought and over-the-top.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    It's got enough formulaic flair to make it a guilty-pleasure cousin of seaborne nailbiters "Knife in the Water" and "Dead Calm."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A formulaic yet clever chiller that offers generous doses of sex and violence aboard a luxury yacht.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Violent, sex-filled thriller is rough, grisly stuff.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this rough thriller is chock full of sex and violence and is definitely not for kids. The title itself refers to a violent sex act, and lots of sex is shown (as well as full-frontal nudity). There's also extensive drug use and extremely gory violence. While the movie does make the initial fun-in-the-vacation-sun scenes seem appealing (if excessive), its tone shifts dramatically as events spin out-of-control and get worse. At best, it could be seen as an extraordinary cautionary tale with a lesson about thedangers of not talking about sex in a realistic, respectful manner.

  • Families can talk about the real-life consequences of drinking and taking drugs. How are they different from what's depicted here?
  • Talk about the importance of discussing sexhonestly and realistically. What happens when rumors and myths about atopic as big as that get out of control?
  • Discuss the appeal of violent, sex-filled thrillers like this one --where does the line fall between cautionary tale and exploitation? Cana film that points out the dangers of promiscuous sex and drugs stillglamorize them?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A group of vacationing/travelling young people act irresponsibly, with fatal results. Deckhands appropriate their employer's yacht for "a little fun." Discussion of sexual relations and relationships.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: No one you would want kids to emulate.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Strong brutal violence, including violence during sex (the "donkey punch" of the title refers to a sexual technique involving striking a female partner without her knowledge or consent), scuffling, fighting, torture, many deaths (by outboard motor, stabbing, drowning, flaregun, hanging, and more); extensive blood and images of wounds.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Full-frontal male and female nudity; sexual acts (including some with a group of people in the same room); erotic play between friends; the mixing of sex and violence; much discussion of mythical/false sexual techniques; sexual activity is videotaped.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong, including multiple iterations of "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," and many more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Mentions of some brands on screen.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Explicit and excessive drug use throughout the film, including marijuana, Ecstacy, "ice" (methamphetamine), and cocaine; alcohol is consumed to great excess.

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