The Divide Reviews

  • 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 —

  • 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.

    Scott Weinberg

  • 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 —

  • 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

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