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The Unborn (2009)



Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 102

David Goyer's Unborn is a tame genre effort with cheap thrills and scares that border on silliness.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 14

David Goyer's Unborn is a tame genre effort with cheap thrills and scares that border on silliness.



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Blade II and Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer writes and directs this supernatural thriller about a 19-year-old girl (Odette Yustman) haunted by a "dybbuk" (a malevolent wandering soul of Jewish folklore) that was once a young boy ruthlessly slaughtered in Auschwitz. Casey Beldon (Yustman) was just a young girl when her mother vanished out of her life. And though Casey has never forgiven her mother for abandoning their family, she begins to understand why when a tortured ghost begins stalking


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

David S. Goyer

Jul 7, 2009


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All Critics (115) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (102) | DVD (8)

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

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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David S Goyer's non-kosher riff on 'The Exorcist' is stillborn,

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Goyer has penned many scripts superior to this one, but he does make sure you're never far away from a big 'Boo!'

January 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comment (1)
Chicago Tribune
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A laughably bad horror flick involving demonic possession, concentration camps and torturous genetic experiments.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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This is where many a horror movie falls and never again rises: too much exposition.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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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.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Unoriginal, unbelievable, utterly unwatchable.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

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

March 18, 2010 Full Review Source:

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.

August 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmstar Magazine

The best that can be said for Goyer's latest is that it's competent. How competent is a matter of debate, as is the degree to which Goyer is self-aware about the film's camp value. [Blu-ray]

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Should have been aborted.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

What The Unborn represents manages to be a thousand times more disturbing than anything Goyer captured with his pen or camera

July 28, 2009 Full Review Source:

There is a senseless scare every 5-7 minutes. Now, after one or two you start to get the giggles but after the third or fourth false scare you begin to Laugh Out Loud.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source:

...boasts few attributes designed to initially capture the viewer's interest...

July 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The Unborn is like a scary movie sentence without the necessary linking verbs. It's all genre gears and no motivational motor.

July 1, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

The Unborn is a story that should have remained untold and will be forgotten by the end of the weekend.

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source:

'Tis the season of the Hollywood dumps -- which is too bad because I had harbored some small hope for this latest horror offering from David S. Goyer.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Full of cheap thrills that mostly consist of people popping up out of nowhere and dialogue comprised largely of theological gobbledygook.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Critic's Notebook
Critic's Notebook

Some of the ideas here may seem original, if questionable, but the treatment -- by writer-director David Goyer -- is strictly conventional, with the shock moments obviously inserted at regular intervals, usually while the heroine is in her underwear.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

After a few initial decent scares, the corny dialogue, poor casting and cringe-worthy acting drag this movie into it's own hell. Utter rubbish.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Heart 106.2
Heart 106.2

Cue a creepy toddler, various demonically possessed adults and a Jewish exorcism conducted by Gary Oldman. He's a vastly better actor than the film deserves, but he can't make the script seem even slightly better than it is.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

This foolish film hitches an easy ride from the Holocaust.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The Unborn isn't the worst horror film you'll see in 2009, but the prospect of a sequel (which the film teases at the finale), is probably the biggest fright in the 88 minutes.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

This may dabble in Jewish mysticism and the legacy of the Nazi era but scratch the surface and you discover just another standard scary movie.

March 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Audience Reviews for The Unborn

Yep, this one is pretty much a mess. I caught it on TV, so as I didn't pay any money to see it, I am probably inclined to be a little more generous than it deserves.
A plot you could see coming a mile off. I mean, seriously, if you had a creepy ass kid telling you some devil child wants "to be born now", and multiple other scary going ons, you would think at very least you would abstain from sex with your boyfriend! Apparently not...
There is a few scares and some yucky scenes, but it is pretty lame and tame stuff. Also, I don't know if it was the TV transmission or what, but the end scene seemed sped up, which made me feel like I was watching a video game instead of a movie!
If you just want some dumb entertainment or a laugh, this is okay, but there is definitely much better horror films out there.
July 2, 2011

Super Reviewer

It was really bad - scary in some scenes. But Cam Gigadet gave this a full star.
June 24, 2011
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

The Unborn has gotten a bad reputation in the Horror community. The film a decent entry in the Horror genre, but is definitely not the best. The film has some pretty good scares and the plot has enough decent elements to make this an average horror film. The film could have been a lot better, but taking inton account that this is a PG-13 film, this is fairly good entertainment.
The Unborn is not a perfect film of course, but it's good enough compared to all those lame remakes that are coming out. This may not be too original, but the jolts are plentiful, and your most likely going to jump out of your seat a few times. Obviously one of the reasons that the film got such a bad rep is because of the fact that Michael Bay produced it. Even if he did, this one of the better horror films that he produced. The Unborn is good/ average entertainment, and is a type of horror film that shouldn't be dismissed too quickly. The biggest problem I had with the film is that I felt it rehashed a few old ideas explored in other horror films before it, and that some of the characters were not likeable. But it delivers a few good scares, and it deserves a little better praise than it originally had. Considering all the crap remakes, The Unborn isn't that bad. I found the film quite entertaining, even though not too good or original.
January 27, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Clichéd, but not bad altogether. I thought the gorgeous Megan Fox was starring in this, but as it turned out it was just a look-a-like by the name of Odette Yustman. And while she's a rather bland actress, at least the cast had some good actors like Gary Oldman, James Remar and C.S. Lee (the two latter which I'm familiar with through one of my favourite TV shows, Dexter). Pretty interesting plot as well, with an abundance of scenes that will have you jumping out of your seat. Some of its fright elements are quite bizarre, which occationally made it a little creepier than your average horror movie. There's just something about a dog wearing a human mask with no eyes that really disturbs my inner peace.
January 17, 2011
Mike S

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