TheDionysiac’s review published on Letterboxd:
Well, that certainly was a bummer.
Brandon Cronenberg's 'Possessor' tells the story of an alternative timeline's 2008 where corporate espionage and assassination is possible by bodyjacking people's brains and infiltrating their lives. This has all kinds of potential and it's certainly swinging big both visually and on the audio side, but it never truly connected with me. I am sure this would have played better if I had been able so see it in a theater. Also, is there a thing as a movie leaning too hard into the blood and gore? If so, I think this might be veering into that territory, because it very quickly lost its effect on me. I think this might be one of those rare instances where it could have benefited from a lighter touch in some scenes before unleashing the floodgates of overload. Andrea Riseborough is as usual the highlight from whenever she shows up. I think she is still a fascinating presence in any role I have seen and she absolutely carries this film for the time she is given on screen. I didn't love this film on a first watch, but I'm willing to give it another shot, and with the slim pickings of movies that have come out in 2020 I would say that this is one of the frontrunners so far.