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.
-Dennis HarveyFull Review
The Loved Ones has a lot to offer in wit, style and entertainment and I can highly recommend it.
-Craig SkinnerFull Review
The Loved Ones is a breath of fresh air for the so-called "torture porn" sub-genre of horror movies.
-Mark H. HarrisFull Review
I kinda dug the flick.
-Witney SeiboldFull Review
It's a terrifying masterpiece that turns high school drama into a literal dead zone.
-Eric KohnFull Review
The most severe violence in the film is tempered by moments of effective dark humor.
-Brian SalisburyFull Review
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.
-David BaldwinFull Review
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!
-Staci Layne WilsonFull Review
The Loved Ones constantly moves in unexpected directions.
-Jeffrey M. AndersonFull Review
Moviegoers with an aversion to violence will stay away, but genre buffs with a taste for the extreme should ensure healthy ticket sales.
-Pam GradyFull Review
There's enough genuine tension and imagination to provide some shocks and visceral chills.
-Todd JorgensonFull Review
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.
-Brian OrndorfFull Review
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.
-Calum MarshFull Review
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.
-Erik ChildressFull Review
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.
-Marc FennellFull Review
It's a well made film. One for the gore fans.
-Julie RiggFull Review
Australian horror film The Loved Ones proves that it is the quiet ones you have to watch out for.
-Matthew PejkovicFull Review
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.
-David StrattonFull Review
A blood-spattered, tongue-in-cheek horror comedy that features plenty of low-rent gore, some extra-cheesy lines and some terrific performances.
-Jim SchembriFull Review
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.
-Leigh PaatschFull Review
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.
-Julian ShawFull Review
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.
-Simon MiraudoFull Review
Growing pains have never been this excruciating. The Loved Ones is an instant horror classic.
-David Michael BrownFull Review
The Loved Ones doesn't pull many punches, director Sean Byrne exercising an expert balance of tactical restraint and outright savagery.
-Tim MartainFull Review
You will gasp in horror at the prospect of what is about to happen and then you will giggle in delight that the film actually carries out what it threatens to.
-Thomas CaldwellFull Review
Hell hath no fury like a demented woman rejected and Robin McLeavy gives a tasty turn as Lola, the most demented young woman you'd want to take to a dance
-Andrew L. UrbanFull Review
Byrne announces his emphatic arrival with this movie. Australian horror has another distinctive new voice.
-Paul ByrnesFull Review
The savagery here has no redeeming social value and the characters are not especially interesting, but who cares when the terror is this relentless?
-Nick DentFull Review
its strange blend of tacky teenage kicks, graphic physical suffering and serious character drama just adds to the mood of extreme unease... to the betterment of both the comedy and the horror.
-Anton BitelFull Review
Grueling in the best possible way, this is easily the best Australian horror film since Wolf Creek.
-Anthony MorrisFull Review