Critic Consensus: Roman Polanski's first English film follows a schizophrenic woman's descent into madness, and makes the audience feel as claustrophobic as the character.
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Critic Reviews for Repulsion
Repulsion is the scariest if not actually the goriest Grand Guignol since Psycho.
The rest of the film has that gurgling, soapy sound of muffed intentions going down the plug hole like bath water.
Deneuve, as the woman whose fear of sexual contact is at the base of her neurosis, has seldom been less like her icy self.
A film that expertly shows without ever telling, even while the symbolism is a mite heavy handed.
There can't be many other films which so plausibly show an entire, warped world created from a single point of view.
Audience Reviews for Repulsion
This slow-burning psychological horror is quite disturbing and unsettling, more because of what it implies than what it actually shows as it delves into the fractured mind of a beautiful woman who cannot bear living - and being crushed - in a world where men are potential rapists.
Slow and dull, the film accomplishes its main goal: to disturb. But everything is so watered down, even the most frightening parts (that only come towards the end) are not as exciting as one would hope.