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The Collector Review Critics


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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Offers agony in a vacuum, a villain without a motive and a hero with more personal problems than lines of dialogue.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    In the absence of a sturdy, plausible foundation on which to hook all those grisly bits, the film, originally a Dimension release, tends to play out more like a protracted "Saw" outtake reel.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The result is a sub-"Saw" knockoff that manages to be brutal yet monotonous, not to mention monstrously unpleasant.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    Either you go for this sort of extreme, senseless gore or you don't. With its plot and lead performance, The Collector is, at least, an unusual specimen.

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  • 70

    out of 100


    With both feet planted firmly on the sticky accelerator of the torture-porn vehicle, The Collector is a surprisingly stylish and confident high-concept thriller.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Grisly horror film is smothered in blood and gore.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this exceptionally grisly "torture porn" movie is steeped in gore and full of grotesque cruelty perpetrated against both adults and children. While the movie does depict a character making a positive choice (he tries to save some of the killer's victims), any potential positive take-away is shrouded in so much blood and gore that it's next to impossible to make out. There's also lots of strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), a few topless scenes (as well as some passionate making out), and some smoking.

  • Families can talk about how the film mixes sex and violence. Why does that happen so frequently in horror movies? Is it just part of the "fun" of the genre, or does it objectify women?
  • Why do you think the character of the serial killerwith elaborate plans has become popular in recent years? Is it the cultural influence ofmovies like Saw, The Silence of the Lambs, and Seven? Or does it go deeper than that?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Nihilistic and bleak, the movie's cental mesage seems to be that killing is wrong ... but looks super cool if you film it right.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Although the movie centers on a serial killer's brutal dispatchment of his victims, the movie's lead character does act in a heroic fashion by trying to save a family that's been targeted by the killer (of course, that's after he goes to their house intending to rob them to raise money so his lover can avoid loan sharks, but...).

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Constant, extreme, bloody violence as a serial killer dispatches his victims. People are forcibly abducted; a man is hauled off his feet by a winch, then let go to fall three stories; a bound woman has her mouth sewn shut; an acidic glue entraps a cat; a cat is sliced in half by a guillotine. A young man is killed by falling into a vast sum of bear traps. Another is eviscerated, and the camera lingers on his body. A young woman is hurled onto a wall covered with spikes. A chandelier festooned with knives falls onto a man. A man is struck in the eye by a hurled knife. A violent car crash. A dead man's body is used as a battering ram. A dog tears out a man's throat (the dog is later killed, set aflame, and used as a weapon). And much, much more.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Naked breasts are shown (both during a make-out scene and in strip-club scenes). Some kissing and discussion of "doing it" between a teen couple. A couple that's passionately kissing and touching (with her topless) is interrupted by a creepy killer watching them ... and then a series of deathtraps. Some frisky talk between a married couple before they're interrupted by a killer.

  • language false4

    Language: Some strong language, including several uses of "f--k," "motherf---er," "s--t," "bitch," "hell," "faggot," "damn," "oh my God," "goddamn," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A car is identified as a Mustang.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A character smokes; a teen pesters him for "a drag," and he complies.