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Reviews: The Duke of Burgundy (2015)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Writer/director Peter Strickland’s latest begins with a bit of an ick factor as his opening lesbian S&M scenario ends with a behind-closed-door ‘punishment’ that sounds dreadful, but trust in this auteur as “The Duke of Burgundy” blossoms into a louche hothouse Gothic that plays like Dario Argento’s “Celine and Julie Go Boating” or Peter Greenaway’s “Angels and Insects.”
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: The movie is intriguingly observant and comical but only up to a point.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
    • Excerpt: The Visual Beauty of ‘The Duke Of Burgundy’ More Than Makes Up For Its Lack Of Plot
  • Roderick Heath @ This Island Rod
    • Excerpt: There’s something oddly fussy about Strickland’s filmmaking this time around as well as repetitious, an over-determined quality to his digressive phantasmagoria that means that it never quite catches afire and burns with pure inner life.
  • Stacia Kissick Jones @ She Blogged By Night
  • Oktay Kozak @ DVD Talk
  • Daniel Lackey @ Cinema Axis
    • Excerpt: A fascinating portrait of complex relationship dynamics, engrossing in both its story and its aesthetics.
  • Matthew Lucas @ From the Front Row
    • Excerpt: Strickland’s directorial style feels both timeless and innovative, aesthetically thrilling and psychologically daring. It plays with our expectations, of character, of relationships, of sexuality, and gives us a thriller of surprising and unusual depth.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: Spellbinding, sensuous, erotically charged: Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy is both a loving ode to the kind of late 60s/early 70s sexploitation helmed by Jess Franco and Radley Metzger, and something of greater design that transcends its genre.
  • [New – 2/12/16] | Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: It would be interesting to see how a daring female filmmaker would follow the story’s fetishized elements toward their logical trajectories.
  • Sarah Ward @ artsHub
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: A deliciously deviant romp into sexual adventure grounded in the real life struggle for enduring intimacy.
Updated: February 11, 2016 — 9:06 pm
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