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Splice (2010)

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74

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

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

68

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 12

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

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Celebrated genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) conduct a clandestine experiment to create an animal/human hybrid that could revolutionize modern medicine -- if it doesn't destroy humanity first. On the heels of engineering an entirely new species of animal, Clive and Elsa become the toast of the scientific community. Their experiment begins to spiral out of control, however, when the superstar scientists introduce human DNA into the equation. When Dren is born, Clive

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Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror

Oct 5, 2010

$17.0M

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All Critics (184) | Top Critics (37) | 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.

July 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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[It's] witty, aware of its own craziness, and disarmingly insightful about the psychology of its characters.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (2)
At the Movies
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A good horror flick always does metaphoric battle with our interior demons, and Splice summons them in impressive numbers.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (2)
Globe and Mail
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Daring, disturbing and deliciously twisted.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (10)
Detroit News
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What makes Splice morally compelling isn't the bioethics quandaries it raises so much as the way it delves into parenthood.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (5)
Denver Post
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An engrossing, if flawed, techno thriller that never quite goes where expected, and that's what makes it such a pleasant surprise.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comment (1)
Dallas Morning News
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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.

January 18, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

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

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

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

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

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

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

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

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

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

October 13, 2010 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

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

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Frank's Reel Reviews
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.

August 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

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

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
Herald Sun (Australia)

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

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

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

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Sunday Mail (Australia)
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.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Comments (2)
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.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

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

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
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

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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

August 2, 2010 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

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.

August 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

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...

August 2, 2010 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
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.

July 28, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN Movies AU
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.
December 23, 2013
ironclad1609

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.
March 2, 2013
garyX
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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.
August 5, 2012
Redlats

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.
March 29, 2012
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

    1. Clive: 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)
    1. Elsa: What do you want? What do you want?
    2. Dren: Inside... you...
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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