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Splice (2010)


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 184
Fresh: 136
Rotten: 48

Critics Consensus: It doesn't take its terrific premise quite as far as it should, but Splice is a smart, well-acted treat for horror fans.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 26
Rotten: 12

Critics Consensus: It doesn't take its terrific premise quite as far as it should, but Splice is a smart, well-acted treat for horror fans.


Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 250,938


Movie Info

Superstar genetic engineers Clive and Elsa specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But, when the company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take their boldest experimentation underground -- risking their careers by pushing the boundaries of science to serve their own curiosity and ambition. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful … More

R (for disturbing elements including strong sexuality, nudity, sci-fi violence and language)
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Horror
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Oct 5, 2010
Box Office:
Warner Brothers - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Splice

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (136) | Rotten (48) | DVD (12)

This Cronenbergian exploration of the perils of inter-species gene-splicing wrestles with some topical and disturbing ideas, but never quite pins them down.

Full Review… | July 22, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

[It's] witty, aware of its own craziness, and disarmingly insightful about the psychology of its characters.

Full Review… | June 7, 2010
At the Movies
Top Critic

A good horror flick always does metaphoric battle with our interior demons, and Splice summons them in impressive numbers.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Daring, disturbing and deliciously twisted.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Detroit News
Top Critic

What makes Splice morally compelling isn't the bioethics quandaries it raises so much as the way it delves into parenthood.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Denver Post
Top Critic

An engrossing, if flawed, techno thriller that never quite goes where expected, and that's what makes it such a pleasant surprise.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

While it appears to be a pretty straightforward story, the actual film gives you more in scares and chills - and more to think about - than you'd expect.

Full Review… | January 18, 2014
7M Pictures

Who would have thought talent of that calibre would combine to create such a catastrophic stinker.

Full Review… | February 15, 2013

Because of the writers' choice to stay so superficial, we get a sluggishly-paced, forgettable thriller.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012

It's the very special genetic engineering episode of Parenthood that was too hot for TV.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Splice ends up being disturbing, but not particularly affecting. The use of the human characters is too uneven to pull off the desired effect.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

"Splice" is one of those movies that just makes you ache, because it almost achieves greatness.

Full Review… | October 13, 2010

If you like to think while you ingest your horror, then this one's for you.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
Frank's Reel Reviews

Splice is science-fiction/horror at its best, underpinning its daring moments of bodily horror and sexual anxieties with flawed characters to care about and moral issues to wrestle with.

Full Review… | August 15, 2010
Cinema Autopsy

Like the mutant progeny, Splice is an unsuccessful hybrid: half moral fable, half mad scientist makes monster flick.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

By the second half of Splice, the film has devolved into a rather silly, yet distinctly unsettling blob of horror.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010
Herald Sun (Australia)

Splice is most enjoyable when it embraces and revels in its science-experiment-gone-wrong cheeky horror persona.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010

The dire consequences of meddling with nature haven't been explored quite so well for quite some time as in Vincenzo Natali's Splice.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
Sunday Mail (Australia)

I love the character of Dren, which is nerd spelt backwards. I loved the relationship between her and her putative parents: Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
At the Movies (Australia)

The Frankenstein story, a cautionary tale about ambition racing ahead of one's talents, has potential for great pathos and tragedy, Splice opts for far less than that and only partially succeeds.

Full Review… | August 11, 2010
At the Movies (Australia)

A compelling and intelligent horror film which twists genre conventions to deliver something excitingly new.

Full Review… | August 9, 2010
FILMINK (Australia)

Sci-fi horror turns feral in this misguided story about genetic engineering that morphs into more of a monster freak show than a story with genuine thrills

Full Review… | August 6, 2010
Urban Cinefile

Offers just enough moral and emotional ambiguity to make for an engaging if occasionally icky movie-going experience.

Full Review… | August 2, 2010

Natali [takes] his film down some dark and disturbing paths, and even if you're not overly keen about the destination, you have to commend him for daring to go there.

Full Review… | August 2, 2010

Spends three quarters of its running time desperately fighting against being the kind of film you expect it to be, before becoming exactly the kind of film you expect it to be...

Full Review… | August 2, 2010
SFX Magazine

It's a shame -- there's a lot of enjoyment to be extracted from Splice, but it remains a Frankenstein's monster of piecemeal storytelling.

Full Review… | July 28, 2010
IGN Movies AU

Audience Reviews for Splice

Entertaining albeit stupid genetic experiment thriller that can't decide how it wants to make the audience feel about its creature. The somewhat lousy special effects do not exactly help creating a connection to the "monster". Another problem are the characters that range from idiotic, flat to downright unlikable. So overall everything that happens makes you feel entirely indifferent.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer


A pair of genetic biologists succeed in splicing the DNA of various creatures with that of a human being and the resulting life form begins to take over their lives as they try to hide their secret experiment. Splice is very much in the old "mad scientists play God and reap the consequences" school of horror stories, giving the Frankenstein formula a modern sci-fi spin. In fact the story interestingly stays away from the man makes monster idea for the early stages, preferring David Cronenberg style psychological horror, particularly during the rather disturbing Mommie Dearest sequence and when the bizarre sexual ambiguity of their creation becomes apparent. Disappointingly it soon settles back into the usual creature feature for an overly predictable finale which is a shame because it was actually starting to explore some interesting ideas. The production design is a little suspect (baby Dren looks suspiciously like an oven ready chicken with a rabbit's head) but Brody and Polley are as watchable as always and it's weird enough to maintain the attention for the duration, but it's nowhere near as inventive as Prometheus which covered a lot of the same ground.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed the idea of the story. It certainly does present problems that exist with genetic research. Although the details leave a bit to be desired. The business that a stick through the heart does not kill you, but a rock smashed on your head does is fancy writing. But never might its shortfalls, watch the movie.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Disturbingly good. I remember the sick feeling watching the film through, it is sick, but something keeps your attention still, however disturbing. I don't know if I want to watch it again, then again I want to.

Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

Splice Quotes

Why the fuck did you make her in the first place? Huh? For the betterment of mankind? You never wanted a normal child because you were afraid of losing control.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
What do you want? What do you want?
Inside... you...
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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