The Unborn Reviews

  • Goyer has penned many scripts superior to this one, but he does make sure you're never far away from a big 'Boo!'

    Clark Collis — Entertainment Weekly

  • The film teeters so perilously and routinely at the edge of camp, both with some of its casting choices and some unfortunate dialogue...that it's hard to know if Mr. Goyer wants to make us howl with fear or laughter.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • A scary movie so fantastically stupid and crass it made my skull contract and my sinuses harden to the consistency of pipe-cleaners.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • A laughably bad horror flick involving demonic possession, concentration camps and torturous genetic experiments.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • (The Unborn movie review at Boston Globe)

    Dean Essner — Boston Globe

  • The Unborn is one of those movies evidently conceived by digging a Dungeons & Dragons Fiend Folio out of storage to find, resurrect, and rebrand some long-forgotten bugaboo.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • At least writer/director David S. Goyer had the sense to boost these generic proceedings with pros like Alexander, Oldman, Elba and Carla Gugino, who plays Casey's mother in a series of embarrassing flashbacks.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Filmed in Chicago but universal in its lameness...The Unborn is the story of a dybbuk who makes trouble for the skinny North Shore college girl played by Odette Yustman, who's always out jogging when she should be considering a sandwich.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • [An] exuberantly creepy mash-up of Jewish folklore, J-horror atmospherics, and demonic possession boilerplate.

    Cliff Doerksen — Chicago Reader

  • Before long, the connective tissue between scares starts to call attention to its own preposterousness.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • The Unborn is a baby-sitter horror flick (it's for and about them) with classic creep-out elements that unite in a surprisingly engrossing story.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • The movie's not very good, but there are ideas, good and bad, in its execution that are worth mulling over.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • This is where many a horror movie falls and never again rises: too much exposition.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Laughable horror flick made from an unstable solution of Jewish mysticism, Nazi evil and an otherworldly demon.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • Well, there are some effective scares here, and you'll laugh at yourself afterward just for jumping and squealing like a little girl. But other images and pieces of dialogue are just as hilarious -- and that probably wasn't their intention.

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

  • I kept hoping Oldman would revert to his Sid & Nancy punk persona and kick the little freak in the yarbles like some pain-deserving Springsteen fan, but no such luck.

    Steve Newton — Georgia Straight

  • Unoriginal, unbelievable, utterly unwatchable.

    Ali Gray —

  • (The Unborn movie review at Time Out)

    Joshua Rothkopf — Time Out

  • Smoking-hot heroine. Clever paranormal premise. Painfully clueless conclusion.

    Kevin A. Ranson —

  • The Unborn is packed full of grisly images and effects, but its apparent attempts to be some kind of Jewish take on The Exorcist fail miserably.

    Anne Wollenberg — Filmstar Magazine

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