We wait, from one cringe-inducing, hide-your-face-from-the-screen act after another, to see how much worse the behavior will become.
David DeWitt - New York Times
The tale quickly degenerates from a dramatically promising clash of personalities under pressure to a gratuitous display of rape, murder, torture, dismemberment, madness, ugly misogyny, naked racism and yelling.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
It's doom that we're meant to feel here. And repulsion. I hate to say, but I shrugged.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The Divide is so busy mixing metaphors to explain our dog-eat-dog contemporary world that it never bothers filling out relationships beyond a thumbnail-sketch level.
Nick Pinkerton - Village Voice
Gens and his screenwriters have nothing but contempt for the characters, the cast and, especially, the audience.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The film's only point appears to be lurid delight in topping one atrocity with another.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
If the objective is to make the audience ill, The Divide succeeds.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
The only possible relief from director Xavier Gens' abusively bleak survivalist scenario is how implausible it is.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
In the end, the pace of the film is just too sluggish to maintain our interest and, at under two hours, it feels longer.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
Delivers everything that horror fans might want from a post-apocalyptic thriller - rape, self-immolation, youngster harvesting, throat-slitting, more rape - everything, that is, except a reason to care.
William Goss - Film.com
It's a rare movie where the most likable character onscreen, and the feel-good hero of the damnable show, is none other than the hardy cockroach.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Relentlessly unpleasant and nihilistic in its approach and execution.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
When a character swims through raw sewage to escape at the film's climax, it's hard not feel a certain solidarity.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Hits its stride in Act II, and once that moment has passed, you're stuck with one irritating slog toward a rather disappointing climax.
It isn't long before the plot and characters have nowhere left to go but down to the depths of human depravity. And by the end it's impossible to see the point.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
"The Divide" is an ugly film, both visually and thematically. But it only really rubs you the wrong way if you take it seriously, which we can't imagine anyone would.
Drew Taylor - The Playlist
Whatever edge of fear and tension the movie might have possessed is traded for blistering annoyance as the cast near-cannibalizes one another while screeching at top volume for over 120 minutes.
Dave White - Movies.com
Gens' film, while a far darker vision of the day the world ends, is more sexually sordid than satisfying. Save the humans? Why bother?
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Its nihilism feels cynical rather than authentically bleak, and the increasingly histrionic scenes start to resemble an indulgent actors' workshop that has spun out of control.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
The Divide is extremely nasty and relentlessly bleak but it's worth seeing if you like that sort of thing.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A clunky and ugly little film that I was more than happy to forget.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
A genuinely disturbing descent into madness. You just happen to have seen it all before.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
A genre film that's both a little too long and a little too brutal for mainstream tastes ... a minor cult movie, beloved by a few discriminating connoisseurs of small-scale apocalyptic horror and pretty much ignored by the rest of us.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
A nasty, efficient film that makes the imminent end of life on Earth seem like the judgment of a wise God.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Michael Biehn and Rosanna Arquette are in the cast but not helped by a cursory screenplay.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
One to avoid.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
No one has any goals other than to be the most annoying person in the room and there's plenty of competition in that department. It's a waste of a good setup as the situation and location are well drawn.
Gens's skilful direction and the throat-grabbing performances from the cast add to the tension.
Jeremy Aspinall - Radio Times
It is all rather unremittingly grim. Like watching one of those elaborate 'Seventies social behavioral experiments designed to illustrate how crap human nature is.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Nasty, unrelenting and likely to make your hair fall out.
David Hughes - Empire Magazine
Gens' impressively grim film has points to make about post-9/11 militarism, but you get the sense that humanity disgusts him so much he'd rather leave his characters to the roaches.
Matt Glasby - Total Film
There's plenty of septic green and bilious brown in this basement, but fortunately no black and white.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
this uncompromising, unapologetically unpleasant addition to the post-apocalyptic subgenre invites us, along with Eva, to bear witness to the end of everything that we take for granted and hold dear, with all sentiment and hope forever locked out.
Anton Bitel - Little White Lies
THE DIVIDE aims for a dark, cutthroat tone, focusing on exploitation elements without the thrills that are usually involved. The result is both extremely dismal and extremely uncomfortable.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
It's not a film for everyone. Heck, it's not a film for anyone, yet underneath the oppressive atmosphere of this insistently nasty movie are a few persuasive scenes of panic set against a terrifying doomsday scenario.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
The characters might be suffering from claustrophobia, but the audience is most likely to suffer from boredom.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
If it's possible to get bored with derangement, The Divide finds a way to make that happen.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
"The Divide" is at least 20 minutes longer than it needs to be, but the claustrophobic setting and slowly mounting tension keep the grim drama involving.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
While I can't recommend, "The Divide" is a film that could offer some brief moments for lovers of the horror/sci-fi genre. Gens show some talent, and I'm sure he'll have further opportunities to express himself. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Xavier Gens has created one hell of an intriguing horror thriller.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Unpleasant" isn't the same thing as "incompetent" and I have to give props for The Divide's sheer unflinching nerve.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Gens has talent, if also tendencies to steer the visuals into the music video realm, but he treats the characters here like mobile props and nothing more...
Alison Willmore - Movieline
A surprisingly existential and cosmopolitan post-apocalyptic thriller...
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It's by no means a complete success, but it knows how to make you squirm.
One of the drearier, more unpleasant pictures to appear in quite some time...you'll feel as trapped watching it as the characters are in the story.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
As the loosely aligned band of survivors turns into a pack of sociopathic loners, the only reasonable conclusion is that they were all pretty rotten to begin with.
Mark Jenkins - NPR
Better performances might have sold The Divide, but aside from Arquette's fine work as a single mother driven to self-degradation, the cast amplifies the impression of a canned, one-act theater piece.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
One lesson for future generations rising from the ashes: Avoid the shelter containing whiner Rosanna Arquette.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
Too bad [Gens] lacks Rod Serling's genius for delicious irony.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
This incoherent, redundant, sci-fi thriller is a depraved, repugnant dirge with a disappointing conclusion.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Gens gives us only blunt-force trauma.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
Man is depicted as his own worst enemy, but for audiences there's perhaps no greater threat than Gens's overripe artistry.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Gens' disaster pic has visual flair aplenty and an explosive third reel which mostly forgives the inoffensively routine first two.
Shaun Munro - What Culture