nocturnalduck’s review published on Letterboxd:
schrader and scorsese working together is interesting because schrader's calvinist sense of meaning as something that only comes through the pain of acknowledging one's predetermined sinfulness combined with scorsese's darwinism creates a pair of sensibilities that in tandem glorify self-harm to the point where it gets posited as a divine pathway to spiritual exhaltation. to me tapping into this mindset and seeing how scorsese/schrader use conventional moralisms to snake around the implications of that belief is interesting. i wouldn't necessarily object to anybody calling it unacceptably offensive, however. i wonder how many times paul schrader has thought about killing himself.