Village Voice calls it "a hypnotic, unsettling work by one of the most sensuous filmmakers of the past 25 years. Slant Magazine has a positive review. The New York Times has a mixed review and calls it "daring" and "intermittently beautiful".
Time Out says,
Denis shoots this grisly-erotic roundelay in her distinctively woozy and elliptical style. The deepest connections between characters emerge from silence as opposed to dialogue—Shane gazing hungrily at a hotel maid’s neck, Coré quietly enticing a fresh-faced neighbor boy into her boarded-up lair—while the groggy atmosphere, aided immeasurably by Agnès Godard’s grainy cinematography and the punch-drunk score of indie-rockers Tindersticks, keeps you constantly beguiled.Salon.com describes it this way: "Steamy anonymous sex meets horrible crimes of violence in Claire Denis' languid, lurid new art movie." HorrorNews.net says it "is an eerie, visually attractive French horror film that isn’t afraid to take an old trope and tell a new story." Rolling Stone has it on their list of "20 Scariest Horror Movies You've Never Seen" and calls it a "gorgeous, shocking riff on the bloodsucker genre."