“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“A Modern & Original Frankenstein Movie.”
“SPLICE ISN'T WORTH THE MONEY!”
“The Story Was Not "splicing"”
“Dawn!!!!! ITS SO HORID, BUT SO B-E-AUTIFUL”
“... Splice Is A Decently Twisted Endeavor Which Never Fully Attains That Aspect Of Science Fiction Disturbia It Would So Like To Attain...”
“Other Than The Wonderful Special Effects And Decent Lead Performences, "Splice" Does Not Deliever Anything Worth Your Money...at All.”
“"Dren Brings Us A Sci-Fi Horror Like-comedy"”
“What I Thought Was Going To Be A Stereotypical "monster Loose In The Woods" Film Is Just The Opposite, Instead This Is A Unique And Beautifully Told Story About The Relationship Between Parent And Child And The Dangers Of Tampering With Mother-nature.”
“A Suspenseful, Tension-filled Sci-fi/horror Film -- Until Its Horrendous Final Third”
The outstanding creature effects by Howard Berger only get more astonishing as Splice splits into an eerie horror picture, then divides again into something out of Rosemary's Baby.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
The Cronenberg influence here is evident in Mr. Natali's interest in the body and birth and in an initially subdued, near-narcoleptic atmosphere that helps build a nice sense of foreboding.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
Though a stylish thriller with an initially palpable sense of menace and kinky tension, the story takes such ridiculous turns that it ends up undercutting its initial promise.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A thoroughly repulsive science fiction-horror flick that slicks up its B-movie tawdriness with high-gloss production values and two otherwise classy stars.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
If it's discouraging -- or at least disorienting -- to see that Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley have signed on to a gnarly work of science-fiction horror, lighten up. They have good taste in schlock.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The detailed imagining of Dren's life cycle and Splice's one-upping make the movie mortifyingly fascinating, and its spell lasts right up until the junk heap of a grand finale.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
It wants to tour the scarred human psyche, yet the cobbled-together screenplay is silly when it should be spooky, cold when it should boil over and dumb when it should be smart.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
An engrossing, if flawed, techno thriller that never quite goes where expected, and that's what makes it such a pleasant surprise.
Cary Darling - Dallas Morning News
What makes Splice morally compelling isn't the bioethics quandaries it raises so much as the way it delves into parenthood.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
... mining horror out of moral quandary rather than mindless slaughter, Splice occasionally achieves a terrible beauty.
Kathleen Murphy - MSN Movies
The script blends human psychology with scientific speculation and has genuine interest until it goes on autopilot with one of the chase scenes Hollywood now permits few films to end without.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The film, much of which takes place in laboratories or at the couple's isolated farmhouse, doesn't deliver "the usual." I was fine with that -- grateful, in fact. A little queasy in the stomach, but grateful.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
The movie carves out its own psychological terrain, pondering the emotional storms of both childhood and parenthood as relations in the little family grow ever more perverse.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
Splices together the mad-scientist story with a satire of modern marriage and parenting. While the results are mad, brazenly unethical, and occasionally funny, the implications are deeply upsetting.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The film's deliberately provocative premise is worked out in broad, lurid comic-book strokes, consciously calculated to shock the easily shockable and titillate the peculiar.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Daring, disturbing and deliciously twisted.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Morphing as often as the character central to its story, Splice is an unruly mix of science, morality, family dysfunction, horror and finger-down-the-throat gross-out ridiculousness.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
The movie doesn't work, but the sets and CGI effects are fascinating, and the actors carry on like they're in some kind of meaningful futuristic experience of lasting value.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Benefiting significantly from the casting of Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, director Vincenzo Natali's outlandish sci-fier sustains a grotesque and funny fascination throughout its slightly protracted runtime.
Justin Chang - Variety
Brody and Polley's performances keep the film grounded in a semblance of reality even when it threatens to go over the top near the end, and director Natali infuses the proceedings with a consistent sense of nail-biting dread.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It begins with such promise, a kinky modernist twist on a classical sci-fi morality tale. That it degenerates into conventional, genre horror is all the more disappointing.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The special effects and creature design, as good as they are, don't exceed the acting by Polley, Brody and Chaneac, who make it all seem entirely plausible and emotionally real.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
A good horror flick always does metaphoric battle with our interior demons, and Splice summons them in impressive numbers.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Splice went down smooth, with its sleek surfaces, terrific special effects and disturbing sexiness.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Despite its relative bravery in choosing not to embrace the Grand Guignol, Splice is a little too hit-or-miss to truly work.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Genre-savvy monster movie approaches Midnight Movie zone without abandoning the mainstream.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
The movie is ridiculously over the top, inelegant and so defiantly
that it works, reminding you how fun gore and creatures that go bump
grind) in the night can be.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Before the film devolves into cliche, director and co-writer Vincenzo Natali creates a potent and provocative thriller about gender politics and human impulses that can't be reduced to a science.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Splice is a hybrid that works. It's a smart, slickly paced, well-acted science-fiction cautionary tale-horror movie-psychological drama.
Michael Ordona - Los Angeles Times
Who would have thought talent of that calibre would combine to create such a catastrophic stinker.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Because of the writers' choice to stay so superficial, we get a sluggishly-paced, forgettable thriller.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Hank Sartin - Time Out
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
It's the very special genetic engineering episode of Parenthood that was too hot for TV.
Dave White - Movies.com
"Splice" is one of those movies that just makes you ache, because it almost achieves greatness.
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
If you like to think while you ingest your horror, then this one's for you.
Frank Wilkins - Frank's Reel Reviews
Splice is science-fiction/horror at its best, underpinning its daring moments of bodily horror and sexual anxieties with flawed characters to care about and moral issues to wrestle with.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Like the mutant progeny, Splice is an unsuccessful hybrid: half moral fable, half mad scientist makes monster flick.
Julie Rigg - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
By the second half of Splice, the film has devolved into a rather silly, yet distinctly unsettling blob of horror.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
The dire consequences of meddling with nature haven't been explored quite so well for quite some time as in Vincenzo Natali's Splice.
Nick Dent - Sunday Mail (Australia)
Splice is most enjoyable when it embraces and revels in its science-experiment-gone-wrong cheeky horror persona.
Beth Wilson - Trespass
I love the character of Dren, which is nerd spelt backwards. I loved the relationship between her and her putative parents: Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
The Frankenstein story, a cautionary tale about ambition racing ahead of one's talents, has potential for great pathos and tragedy, Splice opts for far less than that and only partially succeeds.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
A compelling and intelligent horror film which twists genre conventions to deliver something excitingly new.
Erin Free - FILMINK (Australia)
Sci-fi horror turns feral in this misguided story about genetic engineering that morphs into more of a monster freak show than a story with genuine thrills
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Offers just enough moral and emotional ambiguity to make for an engaging if occasionally icky movie-going experience.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
Natali [takes] his film down some dark and disturbing paths, and even if you're not overly keen about the destination, you have to commend him for daring to go there.
Anders Wotzke - Cut Print Review
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex
Spends three quarters of its running time desperately fighting against being the kind of film you expect it to be, before becoming exactly the kind of film you expect it to be...
Dave Golder - SFX Magazine
It's a shame -- there's a lot of enjoyment to be extracted from Splice, but it remains a Frankenstein's monster of piecemeal storytelling.
Patrick Kolan - IGN Movies AU
A B-movie science-fiction melodrama that really needed the genius of David Cronenberg to bring it to life.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
While it doesn't hold back on delivering the odd moment of outlandish gore, it also turns out to be way funnier, freakier and more perverted than its Frankenstein-style story suggests.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Fortunately, after all the howling and growling and carnage is done, Splice does remain a very human film.
Stella Papamichael - Digital Spy
One of the year's most unusual, imaginative and daring films.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Part horror, part drama and part comedy, this is a hybrid, but an enjoyable one.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
As Natali's potent allegory about child-rearing turns deadly, absurdity is, thankfully, just about kept in check through committed performances and the director's deflating of the most risible moments with well-judged levity.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
This Cronenbergian exploration of the perils of inter-species gene-splicing wrestles with some topical and disturbing ideas, but never quite pins them down.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
With above average creature effects and a succinct title which neatly bridges medicine and filmmaking techniques alike, teenagers looking for escapism should love it.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Hugely entertaining, superbly written sci-fi thriller that manages to be simultaneously scary, moving and darkly funny, thanks to strong direction, great special effects and terrific performances from its three leads.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's refreshing to see a genre movie that credits its audience with a bit of intelligence, and Splice has got a lot going on under the bonnet.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
It doesn't go the complete distance, but this is a wholly admirable, refreshingly grown-up science-fiction movie: a Frankenstein with a beating, gene-spliced heart and top-of-the-range performances.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Natali's direction and vision is as nuanced as the story's tone, and while the plot beats are familiar to genre fans, Splice manages to evolve the genre to new heights.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
Natali expertly recombines the body horror of a creature feature with the perverse dysfunction of a family tragedy, engendering a freaky new genre hybrid whose monstrosity is (mostly) human.
Anton Bitel - Film4
The film feels like it's descended directly from the early biological horror of David Cronenberg -- and Natali's work doesn't suffer in the comparison
Ian Buckwalter - DCist
It's nice to see a genre film try to be smarter than it needs to be, but all we really get is a genre film that's duller than it should have been.
David Cornelius - Popcornworld
In spite of its few shortcomings, the film has much to commend it and its ideas are adeptly fleshed out by an excellent cast.
Alex Fitch - Electric Sheep
As an intense and inventive monster movie that doubles as a Bunuelian black comedy about parenthood, Splice would be a rare beast even if it weren't arriving alongside far more conventional summer fare.
Jason Anderson - eye WEEKLY
While it's more than a tad derivative, it's a stylish, and well constructed flick, benefiting enormously from the lead performances from Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Barbed and gratifyingly slimy
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Splice is aching to creep out the room with its symphony of goopy creatures and psychosexual situations, but the film is perhaps too timid and verbose to truly lunge forward and gleefully disturb.
Brian Orndorf - Dark Horizons
The filmmakers and producers deserve great praise for their ambition and faith in a film that steps outside of the Hollywood comfort zone, even if the product doesn't have the execution to match.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
Scientific credibility issues aside, this creepy sci-fi piece about a lab experiment gone awry is not without merit or surprises, making it flawed but never boring.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
...a classic case of two scientists being screwed by their own experiment.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
Be forewarned--after watching it, some might feel dirty upon leaving the theater. And I'm pretty sure that's the point. So, um, good for the fimmmakers!
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
A cleverly disguised expose on the challenges of parenthood, with riffs on abortion and the Electra complex thrown in for good measure, Splice is inventive enough that it's a real shame when it falls apart heading into the home stretch.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Offers the question if children are born and develop in to chaotic monsters, or if their parents and their own insecurities and misery eventually turn them in to such beings...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A modern version of "Bride of Frankenstein" making the point that even monsters can feel sexual longing.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The perfect synthesis of horror and the horrifically funny. My favorite film experience this year
Richard Knight - Windy City Times
A [final] turn for the mundane doesn't negate the preceding, metaphorically sturdy B-movie thrills.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Splice undone by mad science.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Stem-cell debate tarted up in monster drag? Nah, Just another Bjork look-alike mutant with oedipal issues
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
This bit of metaphorical business keeps on giving, for the film presses hard on the well-worn connections between sex and birth, sensual desire and freakish ambition.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Here is a fright flick that is completely original, that takes you to uncomfortable places and abandons you there. If you care at all about horror, do not miss Splice under any circumstances.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
This cautionary tale about science without boundaries goes to such lengths to "cross the line" narratively that it leaves the big questions behind.
Tim Avery - Christianity Today
a film of ideas, one that demands attention and thought
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
It's not quite the subversive cult-movie romp it might have been, but transgenderism, incest and bestiality all at once has to count for something.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Shocking, hilarious, and creepy, one of the better horror films of the last decade.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
A mixture of the intimately known and the wildly unpredictable, this one just is what it is: a total trip.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Only for adults with open minds and a high tolerance for the 'Ew!' factor, 'Splice' is smart, thought-provoking and grim.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
So thought-provoking and disturbing that it qualifies as a powerful work and is probably secure as the best horror film of the year.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
A surprisingly good sci-fi adventure made even better by the acting talents of Brody and Polley
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Parts of it work magnificently well, parts of it work magnificently well while being incredibly hateful, and parts of it are just plain stupid.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
... the tension comes from watching Brody and Polley's well-crafted characters come together and splinter apart as they become parents of sorts and their tricky ethical dilemma worsens.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
The film sadly lacks the fresh originality of Natali's previous films. Natali's film about DNA-splitting seems disappointingly recombinant.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The film becomes a discomfiting parody of parenting that delivers both the creepiness and the topicality we want from a great horror movie...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
[It's] witty, aware of its own craziness, and disarmingly insightful about the psychology of its characters.
A.O. Scott - At the Movies
What's so disturbing about this contemporary Frankenstein story is that it might happen - if it hasn't already.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
When Splice is in full flower, there's something magnificent about it.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
It hit me hard and deep. It's a work of sick beauty.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
It strives so hard to be more than it is and that is why it ultimately fails. Could have been good if they left the pretensions at the door and went for straight horror. Then the horrible 3rd act could be forgiven.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Its sensibilities echo those of David Cronenberg, another Canadian who knew how to mix sly humor with queasy body horror.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
an intelligent horror film that chips away at the emotions and the intellect without compromise and without respite
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Splice is just creepy. Creepy creature, creepy scientists, creepy corrupt corporation.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Splice is one of those rare creature features where the most menacing beings are the people.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
It's a story that's been told several times before... but Natali puts his own twisted spin on the tale that ensures a few surprises along the way.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
If anything, the film's own splicing together of various cinematic genre elements means it ends up like the creature within it -- a hybrid that's fascinating yet ultimately flawed. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
It maintains a fun underlying technology, and the monster part does go places most studio films wouldn't dare.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
A must-see for sci-fi and horror nuts, even if Natali throws away a perfectly compelling first two acts in favor of the big 'Oh no they didn't' ending.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
A sci-fi thriller that starts out fine but then descends into preposterous developments.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Splice is actually very sympathetic to its monster. This sympathy actually works well for the story, though it is abandoned for a messy and cliched finale, complete with a twist you can see coming from a mile away.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
This relentlessly disturbing sci-fi shocker will torment both your stomach and your brain in equal measure.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Splice teases us with greatness before settling in as a messy, but never dull, sci-fi thriller
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
The temptation to shock is too much temptation for Natali.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The cheap thrills are few and far between in Splice, which prides itself on being more of a thinking man's monster mash.
Radheyan Simonpillai - AskMen.com
Splice" is a hit-or-miss feature that leans slightly on the hit side. It tries to sound important, while titillating its audience.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
An enduring lesson one takes from "Splice" is that you should never let the frontiers of human knowledge be pushed by scientists who drive an AMC Gremlin and wear ironic T-shirts.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
The film isn't good, exactly -- Natali struggles to keep the creepy and goofy elements in balance -- but it's just weird enough to become a cult favorite.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The horror genre needs more films like this one; works made by filmmakers willing to take chances and deliver something to viewers that they would never expect.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
...uses its premise to raise intriguing questions about the moral implications of scientific progress, without resorting to a simplistic formula about mad scientists and monsters run amok.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
The core strength of this gooey, schizophrenic horror satire is its ability to be simultaneously quite clever and unrepentantly trashy.
Brian Juergens - CampBlood.org
Vincenzo Natali has created a film that does not follow the normal Hollywood formula and takes insane risks. Chaneac delivers a phenomenal performance without using dialogue.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
The movie keeps raising new issues past the point where you'd think the filmmakers would have run out of them.
Kurt Loder - MTV
A creepy, slick and initially provocative sci-fi thriller that eventually loses steam once its surprises, cleverness and imagination wane midway.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Part "Frankenstein," part "Freaks," the horror film/cautionary tale "Splice" is derivative and disturbing.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Every generation needs a Frankenstein, and this one opens up the Pandora's box of scientists playing God with intelligence and surprises.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Regardless of the camp factor, you are only laughing because of its stupidity - not because it's so bad that it's good. Halfway through, 'Splice' mutates from tolerable to ridiculous.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Splice is a genre picture that, almost without you noticing it, gets under your skin for both creepy crawly and emotional gains.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
...a sci-fi thriller filtered through an art-house lens...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
As creepy and deranged as Don Murphy on an internet discussion board, though always infinitely more lucid, intelligent and entertaining.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
It's a bird! It's a platelet! It's a hot bald chick!
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
The director balances everything pitch-perfectly, from the performances to the hair-raising sound effects, and all the way down to images of the creepy, snowy woods during the film's tense climax.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
- National Post
Simply the best horror movie from a Canadian filmmaker since The Fly.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
While it's certainly not for everyone, Splice is the creepiest movie to come out so far this year %u2013 and one of the better ones as well.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
It's certainly not for all tastes, but it's a legitimate horror movie -- it really does raise prickly questions about modern DNA science, and its psychosexual component is anything but gratuitous.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Splice is a creepy, well-acted and memorable film -- one that couldn't have been luckier to come out at a time when breakthroughs in genetic engineering and the creation of synthetic life are making news seemingly every week.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
The movie feels uncompromised, genuinely transgressive at times, and smart in the ways it entertains.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Less a parenting allegory than a study in people's perverse curiosity about the unknown.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Splice transcends the horror genre and the expectations for what a film like this might be. It offers horror at its best: smart, provocative, beautiful, and terrifying.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
The plot develops in surprising ways, with steadily building dread that doesn't rely on abundant gore or gotcha scares to freak audiences out.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
The developments mostly make sense -- a rarity in almost any thriller that eventually goes bananas.
Tricia Olszewski - Washington City Paper
Too bad Warner Brothers didn't release this film a month earlier - it would have made a hell of a twisted Mother's Day movie.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
While it's far from perfect, it's a timely and well-considered thriller about the scarier aspects of genetic engineering.
Jeff Shannon - Seattle Times
An edge of your seat thriller, "Splice" is a movie that keeps you asking yourself, "can they really do that" while the story unfolds on screen.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Besides its absorbing ghoulishness, Splice is terrifically smart, rife with topics to debate and discuss. How many studio-released horror pictures of the last several years can attest to that?
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Splice puts the Frankenstein myth into modern terms; why stitch together parts when you can genetically create a whole? A whole what? That's the question this creepy-sexy horror movie wraps your head around.
Steve Persall - St. Petersburg Times
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
A classic cautionary tale that works simultaneously as a thriller, love story, and meditation on what it means to be a scientist in a time in which everything is suddenly possible -- at least in theory.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Part monster movie and part domestic drama. While the mixture doesn't entirely gel,...it's a cinematic hybrid sufficiently intriguing to merit a visit.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The mad scientists of Splice make Victor Frankenstein look like a reasonable man.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Two wunderkind geneticists create a new lifeform that's part human, part creepoid. It quickly evolves into something very cool, and so does this creature feature, with a great cast and only a few bumps in the final reel.
Peter Paras - E! Online
[T]he first summer movie that you'll find yourself talking about -- rather than complaining about -- after the house lights come up.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Clive and Elsa won't be the only ones feeling the pierce of Dren's deadly tail or tale...so will viewers.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
This story, about scientists who create a life form in the laboratory, goes from intriguing to wacky to disturbing with the speed of a car rolling downhill. And the laughter you hear in the theater is the audience's natural response when it does.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Splice lives up to its title in both the best and worst possible ways.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It's hard to care about what's happening, when you don't care about the people it's happening to.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Shooting with a cool reserve and a steely-blue color palette, Natali keeps the film unsettling by using icky creature effects, but just as often by offering up grotesque caricatures of real-life parenting discomforts...
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Vincenzo Natali may be insane. In the best possible way.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
two thirds of a really interesting movie
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
More than a decade in the making, Vincenzo Natali's provocative sci-fi/horror tale never quite lives up to the spectacular creepiness of its premise.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
The climax is a pileup of sorts as the movie suddenly becomes an audience-pandering monster-in-the-woods creature feature.
Kevin C. Johnson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
However somber it gets, it's never truly thought-provoking, and however outrageous it gets, it's still always 20 minutes behind the audience. It's just too dumb to be serious and too slow to be entertaining.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Playing God and playing house converge...about as gonzo as the multiplex gets.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
The creature effects are terrific, but the human protagonists aren't nearly so interesting, and the don't-mess-with-nature message is too hoary to be made interesting with this feeble setup.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
If you've seen Species, you know where this don't-mess-with-Mother-Nature horror show is going, though director-cowriter Vincenzo Natali has a few interesting twists up his sleeve.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out New York
Natali has created a menacing landscape and a fresh approach to the monster-maker genre.
Victoria Alexander - FilmsInReview.com
What if there were realms in which woman was not meant to meddle? It's not as progressive as it sounds. But you knew that already.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Natali explores this hoary theme with apt, flippant gravity, updating it with canny hipness, but subjecting it to too many mutations to bring it fully to life.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
It's impossible to buy the tight-pants reaction to Dren when the rest of the film is so robotic. The more Natali pushes the sexual nature of the material, the sillier the film becomes.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Director Vincenzo Natali, working with producer Guillermo del Toro, achieves a second-rate -- Canadian -- tone that recalls Gothika and David Cronenberg's early outrages.
Armond White - New York Press
With such ambitions, it deserves more than such a rote conclusion.
Mark Dujsik - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Flashy and entertaining, but nothing special...You willingly suspend your disbelief - but you won't be proud of yourself for doing it.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A moderately nifty creature feature that's warped for warping's sake, filled with characters not likeable enough to make their ultimate fate a tragedy, nor loathsome enough to be darkly funny.
William Goss - Orlando Weekly
There are certain things you would expect in a story like this, and most of those happen. But then there are other developments that I'm pleased to say my imagination is not demented enough to have conceived.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
What starts out as a promising sci-fi thriller loses precious steam in an underwhelming third act climax seemingly affected by budgetary limits.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Brody and Polley, two intelligent actors (neither associated with the genre) anchor this well-produced sci-fi-horror-thriller, which plays with timely ideas (DNA) and smartly emphasizes the creature's erotic-sexual dimensions.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It works best while navigating the territory between emotion and instinct and primal drive...
Sean Axmaker - Parallax View
Vincenzo Natali confirms that he has a knack for novelty but scant ability to set off truly heart-wrenching emotional provocation.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
An erotic sci-fi on acid reproductive romp. With bald bisexual bestiality; possible self-rape; involuntary transsexual gender reassignment; and DNA altered worms named Ginger and Fred, who may actually be George and Fred.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
A powerfully brazen re-telling of an oft-told tale, but in this case ... it still works alarmingly well.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Polley and Brody both are terrific as usual, but it's really Delphine Chaneac who shines with an incredible performance as Dren.
Kevin Kelly - Cinematical
The film borrows liberally from horror/sci-fi predecessors and emerges with something weirdly original.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Natali's experiment works.
David D'Arcy - Screen International
Despite an A-list star and a high-tech plot, the film itself feels like a hybrid of silly science tingler and moral philosophy with a straight-to-video sheen-which is likely where their larger profit margins lie.
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine