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Descent

10descent-75 In the wake of a violent rape that leaves her shattered and emotionally destroyed, a star college student (Rosario Dawson) with a once-promising future descends into a downward spiral of depression, drug abuse and promiscuity. Talia Lugacy directs this Tribeca Film Festival selection that explores what happens when the victim ultimately gets the chance to exact revenge upon her attacker (Chad Faust).
Netflix Rating: 2.9
NYT Critics' Pick
With "Descent," first-time feature filmmaker Talia Lugacy explores the psychic aftershocks of a rape. The movie is hard to watch but essential to see. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 36%
Critics' score: 36   Audience score: 39   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

[Rosario Dawson] could have provided a 100-minute closeup and revealed more about human nature and anguish than all of Descent. full review

John Anderson, Variety

You'll want to avert your eyes from this intense and intensely unpleasant drama about rape and revenge.

Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

A well-acted trifle straining to be a hard-hitting morality play. full review

Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

It's been a while since we saw a demagogic feminist exploitation revenge drama, and Descent, while top-heavy with 'agenda,' is shrewdly done. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Look-at-me-I'm-a-filmmaker photography, pacing that has all the thrills of waiting in line at the post office and an utterly predictable plot combine to make the movie even worse than the hacky chick revenge fantasy now showing on channel 186 of your box. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

No moviegoer has done anything to deserve the images that director Talia Lugacy would throw in their face. full review

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News

It's a lot like a '70s exploitation movie, with its determination to seduce and shock the viewer with alternating currents of electrical stimulus, and its weird combination of arty arch-decadence and neo-Victorian moralizing. full review

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

It's indie provocation trapped between shock and blah. full review

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

[Dramatizes] the experience and the psychological aftermath of rape with a vividness I've never seen in an American film.

Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
full review by Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
full review by Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
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