The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon

Elle Fanning leads this modeling thriller from filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives) as an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles where her youth, vitality, and naivety make her the target of others in the industry. Co-stars Jena Malone (The Hunger Games), Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves. 

2016Rating: R18, Violence, horror, sexual material and necrophilia118 minsFrance, USA, Denmark
HorrorThriller
89%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

It's not boring, but there's less to it than meets the eyeball.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"The Neon Demon" is hot garbage that dares you to call it offensive. In addition, it's offensive.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

When Fanning is off screen, we are marooned in a fashion shoot in a hell of silliness. Yet her star quality gives The Neon Demon what substance it has, and Refn's film-making has self-belief and panache. Take it or leave it.

3.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A special kind of awful. I'd talk about the acting, but I never saw any; it's all posing. Director Refn seems to saying that the L.A. beauty business is superficial and needs to be avoided. Ditto this movie.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

An outlandish art-trash horror film.

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

Like Refn's one-dimensional women, this movie thinks it's profound when it's really just drop-dead gorgeous.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film is a self-indulgent exercise in style. But what self-indulgence, and what style!

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A stultifyingly vapid, ponderously paced allegorical critique of the modeling world whose seethingly jealous inhabitants can't wait to literally chew each other up and spit each other out.

0

A Superficial Film about Superficiality (Kind of)

Just finished watching and there's that trace of nausea lingering in my stomach. Which is a probably a consequence of the absurdity of violence and sexuality in, as well as my internal conflict about, this film. The film's title is paired with something like a logo representing the director Refn, and I'm still trying to figure out whether or not it was...

4.0
0

Beauty's only skin-Deep. But Ugly is to the bone...

Don't see this movie for things like plot, characterization, or subtle commentary. It seems to deliberately avoid them even as it comes on, with tongue in-cheek, like a Serious Art Film. See it, if you must, for its exquisite cinematography and atmospheric soundtrack: as a purely formal, sensory experience, The Neon Demon is indeed a trip. Director Nic Refn...

2.0
0

Hard to swallow...

If you want to see a movie comprised solely of glossy bits-and-pieces and “whoa, cool brah!” moments, 2016 has given you plenty of choices. Perhaps none, however, is quite so stupid-to-the-bone as Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. It looks great and sounds even better, but (like its main character) is very hard to swallow without feeling the need to...

1.0
0

The price of beauty is hyper-vanity, deadly jealousy and a smattering of bright red cannibalism

There is something innately intriguing about the film title The Neon Demon (2016). Perhaps it’s the tension between neon brightness and evil darkness that draws us like moths to a flame or maybe it’s the imagined devil coming into the light. In any case, the imagery is perfect for what is a parody thriller-horror about the shining promises of the fashion...

4.0
0

Edgy and bizarre but fascinating

The director who has produced other fascinating film which live beyond the edge of strange and are constantly moving behind or above your expectation, does it again with this beautifully crafted subtle horror flick. Gorgous bodies of fashion in a world of subtle pain and fright, seldom gross enough to drive one away or safe enough to relax. If it's your...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

It's not boring, but there's less to it than meets the eyeball.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

"The Neon Demon" is hot garbage that dares you to call it offensive. In addition, it's offensive.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

When Fanning is off screen, we are marooned in a fashion shoot in a hell of silliness. Yet her star quality gives The Neon Demon what substance it has, and Refn's film-making has self-belief and panache. Take it or leave it.

3.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A special kind of awful. I'd talk about the acting, but I never saw any; it's all posing. Director Refn seems to saying that the L.A. beauty business is superficial and needs to be avoided. Ditto this movie.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

An outlandish art-trash horror film.

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

Like Refn's one-dimensional women, this movie thinks it's profound when it's really just drop-dead gorgeous.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film is a self-indulgent exercise in style. But what self-indulgence, and what style!

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

A stultifyingly vapid, ponderously paced allegorical critique of the modeling world whose seethingly jealous inhabitants can't wait to literally chew each other up and spit each other out.

0

A Superficial Film about Superficiality (Kind of)

Just finished watching and there's that trace of nausea lingering in my stomach. Which is a probably a consequence of the absurdity of violence and sexuality in, as well as my internal conflict about, this film. The film's title is paired with something like a logo representing the director Refn, and I'm still trying to figure out whether or not it was...

4.0
0

Beauty's only skin-Deep. But Ugly is to the bone...

Don't see this movie for things like plot, characterization, or subtle commentary. It seems to deliberately avoid them even as it comes on, with tongue in-cheek, like a Serious Art Film. See it, if you must, for its exquisite cinematography and atmospheric soundtrack: as a purely formal, sensory experience, The Neon Demon is indeed a trip. Director Nic...

2.0
0

Hard to swallow...

If you want to see a movie comprised solely of glossy bits-and-pieces and “whoa, cool brah!” moments, 2016 has given you plenty of choices. Perhaps none, however, is quite so stupid-to-the-bone as Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. It looks great and sounds even better, but (like its main character) is very hard to swallow without feeling the need to...

1.0
0

The price of beauty is hyper-vanity, deadly jealousy and a smattering of bright red cannibalism

There is something innately intriguing about the film title The Neon Demon (2016). Perhaps it’s the tension between neon brightness and evil darkness that draws us like moths to a flame or maybe it’s the imagined devil coming into the light. In any case, the imagery is perfect for what is a parody thriller-horror about the shining promises of the fashion...

4.0
0

Edgy and bizarre but fascinating

The director who has produced other fascinating film which live beyond the edge of strange and are constantly moving behind or above your expectation, does it again with this beautifully crafted subtle horror flick. Gorgous bodies of fashion in a world of subtle pain and fright, seldom gross enough to drive one away or safe enough to relax. If it's your...

4.0
0