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From Hell (2001)

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57

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 86 | Rotten: 64

Visually impressive, but this latest Ripper tale is dull and far from scary.

54

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 16

Visually impressive, but this latest Ripper tale is dull and far from scary.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 202,431

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Movie Info

The true-life horror story of Jack the Ripper gets a new spin in this screen adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. In 1888, a ruthless and cold-blooded killer begins hunting prostitutes in East London, and while the murderer's work is savage, the mutilation of his victims suggests the fiend has an extensive medical background. Amidst a background of political unrest and barely contained scandal among the royal family, the murderer's grisly exploits shock and

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

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Terry Hayes, Rafael Yglesias

May 14, 2002

$30.7M

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All Critics (151) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (86) | Rotten (64) | DVD (43)

Anyone expecting the combo of Allen and Albert Hughes and the famed Victorian serial-killer to result in a gritty, stygian, skin-crawling horror movie will be severely disappointed

July 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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This wry, atmospheric procedural spawned by a real mystery would be thorny enough without also being an adaptation.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Fitfully arresting late night entertainment.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The Hughes boys blow it by burying a fine cast ... in stock scares, sappy romance and cliches that really are from hell.

October 29, 2001
Rolling Stone
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The only thrill, if you can call it that, is waiting to see who gets sliced up next.

October 29, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture | Comments (2)
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It has the lush decrepitude of an autumn compost heap or an old Hammer werewolf flick.

October 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Every generation gets the Ripper who best fulfills its fantasies, and ours fatten on vast conspiracies.

July 9, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Gruesome, predictable Jack the Ripper retelling.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Moore might not be merrier, but this is far from offal.

July 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The problem with this film is that Jack the Ripper takes a backseat to the dull and terrible romance between Depp's policeman character and Heather Graham's prostitute character.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

See it for the stunning visuals and Depp's performance rather than a factual re-telling -- if you can stomach it.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com
Hollywood.com

Somehow, the movie taps into the book's uncanny implication that the very air is charged with malevolent ancient spirits...

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Without a script on which to hang their vision, the brothers can only technically succeed. And, for better or worse, they do.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

This is a film that should probably go back where it came from.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

A disappointingly conventional thriller from the Hughes brothers (Menace II Society still their best film by far), neither chilling enough as a horror flick nor compelling as a character study; one of Johnny Depp's few mediocre performances

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A rare, clever, horror film.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Jack the Ripper has proven a far more durable movie baddie than Freddy, Jason and Hannibal combined.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This movie is beautiful to look at, but has little substance. All Depp and no depth.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

They want it to feel like one really bad dream ... and by the film's end we're too dizzy to think, to see if it all lines up.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

What the Hughes Brothers have done in making a lavish period piece complete ...... is nothing less than a revolutionary achievement.

December 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
Bangitout.com

Some of the lines seem a bit over-the-top and the ending is improbable and schmaltzy, but it's a true Hollywood period film. Sit back and enjoy!

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

As From Hell sprints toward its climax, the tone grows more grim, the violence more explicit and the conspiracies more shrill.

October 3, 2003 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The Hughes Brothers and their cast have taken Alan Moore's graphic novel of the same name and made it into one of the better bloody shockers of recent years.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

Audience Reviews for From Hell

Another story about jack the Ripper.
I think it's a happy ending for everyone including Jack the Ripper. But not happy ending for the victim
December 3, 2012
In Victorian era London, troubled, absinthe addicted police detective Fred Abberline portrayed by Johnny Depp investigates gruesome murders in a slum known as Whitechapel.
The victims are prostitutes who are easily targeted due to their lifestyle of walking the streets at night. Since the suspect known as "Jack the Ripper" was never caught, the story is quite fictionalized with the exception of Fred Abberline who was indeed an actual inspector in 1888 London and an authority on this particular series of murders.
We've heard it all about "Jack the Ripper" from being a freemason to royalty, but since no one was ever arrested and tried, "Jack the Ripper" could be just about any twisted individual with superior knowledge of the human anatomy.
September 25, 2010
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The most convulted, abysmal, and pathetic portrait you could muster under the stoyline's circumstances. Heather Graham's fake English accent almost made me scream.
August 3, 2010
FrizzDrop

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B-
July 23, 2010
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