Death and the Maiden | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Peter Rainer

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Death and the Maiden.
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Critical Review by Peter Rainer

SOURCE: Rainer, Peter. “Torture, Revenge, Death and the Maiden.Los Angeles Times (23 December 1994): F16.

In the following review, Rainer observes that Death and the Maiden is “an expert piece of claustrophobic cinema” but comments that the film is ultimately ineffective due to its overly schematic and self-important tone.

Death and the Maiden is about the consequences of torture, and it never lets up. Essentially a three-character drama in a single location, it's an expert piece of claustrophobic cinema, but after a while you may want to break away from it. The film bears down on the audience with an almost sadistic relish. It's an unsettling experience, but not a particularly rich one. It's too schematic and self-important for that.

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