Splinter Reviews

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 22, 2008
Whenever a romantic couple in a movie goes camping in the remote woods, you just know it's a bad idea.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
November 6, 2008
Fans hoping for a substantial work are left with no real statement or vision, while horror aficionados have already seen this film a dozen times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 43/100
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 31, 2008
There have been worse horror flicks, but although this one offers a few scares, it doesn't have a lot of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
October 30, 2008
This is one tedious horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
April 3, 2009
Everything you expect to happen, does - but it isn't satisfying.
Alex Markerson
E! Online
October 30, 2008
The ingredients are all there: a small, virtually unknown cast, a remote location, a nasty critter -- but the seasoning is all off.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Harvey S. Karten
Film Journal International
October 30, 2008
Splinter is about a scary as a tussle between four vacationers and a small porcupine.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 30, 2008
The film lacks that spark of originality or humor or thematic resonance that might have elevated it from forgettable genre time-passer to something more lasting.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
October 31, 2008
This slightly elevated generic effort is still essentially what they mean by disposable entertainment.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 31, 2008
It's short, taut, nicely shot, well-acted, astutely directed, specific where it might have been generic, original enough to be engrossing and derivative enough to be amusing.
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
October 27, 2008
A high-end feature-length version of The Outer Limits, combined with a fond enthusiasm for creative gore and populated by a trio of characters who are actually interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
March 4, 2009
deliver[s] plenty of bang from the filmmaker's limited bucks - but Splinter's greatest strengths, rare for the genre, are its solid characterisation, witty dialogue and charismatic performances.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
This is a terrifying film.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
It's good, it's just nothing really groundbreaking or special.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
November 8, 2008
Four people. One Kwik-E-Mart style shop. One crazed creature. Splinter proves that's all you need for a chilling horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 28, 2008
Exactly what a B-movie should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
November 20, 2008
If you can get beyond one basic narrative flaw, and a low budget dynamic which provides limited looks at our Bottin-inspired fiends, Splinter will come as a wonderful little fright flick surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
September 17, 2008
The creature feature is loaded with blood, guts, gore, the perfect anti-hero and a hilariously fun plot, which is played straight until the very end...Wilkins delivers a simple, yet effective '80s creature feature that's not only scary, but also a great t
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 30, 2008
Bloody, screamy, creepy crawly comfort food that cuddles B-movie horror convention without fatigue.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
October 30, 2008
Excelling in creative scaring skills, Splinter boasts thorny issues like psycho fungi who go mobile, nuclear hedgehogs, homicidal human porcupines, impromptu carnivorous rooftop dining on half a state trooper, and a dangerously defrosting savior on ice.
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