The Body Snatcher Reviews

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Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
One of the lesser products of Val Lewton's years as the head of RKO's horror-film unit.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 15, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
Even though this film is taken from a modest stage play of a few seasons back, its humors are as stale and mechanical as those of the oldest such farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
May 19, 2010
Researchers and healers are closer to the subjects on the autopsy slab than to their living patients in this acerbic chimera of shadow and sacrifice
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 28, 2012
A strong, well above-average effort in almost every way, there's no evidence at all that Lewton's first brush with money and success dulled his instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rebecca Murray
About.com
February 21, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 18, 2005
This is the most elegant and leisurely of the Val Lewton horror films, up until the whopper of an ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 14, 2007
Settings are inexpensive but sufficient for the needs. Production values, in general, however, aid materially in making this picture a winner.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 25, 2008
Too stuck on being literate to be a great movie ... .
Full Review | Original Score: B
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 4, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2002
Wildly overrated, but elegantly produced horror film
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
March 30, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 22, 2009
there's a fascination with the ultimate futility of ever being something beyond opportunistic and solipsistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Film4
May 24, 2003
It is certainly far more accomplished and evocative than some critics have suggested.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film accelerates to great effect towards the end.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 14, 2007
The first and best of the three Val Lewton-Boris Karloff collaborations for RKO.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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