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A radio host from New York City attempts to solve the murder of a girl he hooked up with and travels down south to investigate the circumstances of her death and discover what happened to her.
(R, 107 min.)


Friday, August 19, 2022


Vengeance, the directorial debut from writer and star B.J. Novak (“The Office”), is a darkly comic thriller about Ben Manalowitz, a journalist and podcaster who travels from New York City to West Texas to investigate the death of a girl he was hooking up with.
[Focus Features]

Starring: Isabella Amara, Nathaniel Augustson, Grayson Berry
Director: B.J. Novak
Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Comedy

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"This is a movie worth seeing, and listening to its unpredictable insights."

— Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

"Novak, who also wrote and directed, makes a bracing, confident debut with this smart and witty neo-noir thriller."

— Chris Hewitt, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Vengeance is a refreshing, self-aware take on a man who sets out to define a societal problem and is met with evolving redefinition."

— John Fink, The Film Stage

"Vengeance manages to balance its self-effacing and sentimental tones in a way that is extremely satisfying and entertaining to watch."

— Hoai-Tran Bui, Slashfilm

"Novak crafts a good mystery, consistently engaging and entertaining, and the thoughtful turns of the last confrontation are sly, smart, and knowing."

— Jason Bailey, The Playlist

"It’s a detective story. It’s an insightful commentary on the state of us, which is to say us, the U.S., in this divided, disjointed, distracted age. It’s a comedy, sharp and frequently hilarious."

— Soren Andersen, Seattle Times

"Vengeance” asks a lot of complex questions: Is vigilante justice ever justified? Is true crime inherently exploitive? In the long run, do we really exist beyond the record of ourselves that we leave behind?"

— Alexis Potter, Arizona Republic

"A one-of-a-kind movie that's so wide awake and sharp-edged it marks the arrival of a potentially major filmmaker. In Vengeance, B.J. Novak proves a born storyteller with the rare gift of using a film to say something that intoxicates us."

— Owen Gleiberman, Variety