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The Relic (1997)


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 5
Fresh: 2
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 2.7/5
User Ratings: 26,510



Movie Info

At Chicago's Field Museum, a box with some odd green leaves from Brazil is found; along with it is an ordinary beetle that flies off. Soon afterwards, victims with holes chewed in their heads begin turning up, and giant insects terrorize everyone who enters the museum.

R (adult situations/language, violence)
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Amy Holden Jones , John Raffo , Rick Jaffa , Amanda Silver
In Theaters:
Apr 20, 1999


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Critic Reviews for The Relic

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (20) | DVD (9)

Though based on an original and respected novel, Hyams' horror thriller comes across as a pastiche of the genre's conventions as evident in major pictures of the past two decades, such as Jaws and the first two Alien films.

Full Review… | December 23, 2006
Top Critic

Gore seekers need only to know the body count is high and the scares are cheap as director Peter Hyams shares his beast's repellent disregard for human life.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

No doubt the bill for Energizers alone took up a big chunk of this gory clunker's $48-million budget.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

The story comes from a million other movies (mainly Jaws and Alien), and it's completely and totally predictable.

Full Review… | April 16, 2010
Combustible Celluloid

A slick, witty, and unexpectedly effective little genre throwback.

Full Review… | April 6, 2010

A terrific monster movie with an edge. A bloody good time.

October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Gory as heck, but still well-crafted monster movie fun.

January 9, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Monster runs through museum. Audience gets bored.

November 5, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Miller turns every scene that requires the slightest display of emotion into an overblown Oscar clip, complete with piercing wails and glycerine tears.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Relic


Peter Hyams The Relic is a pulse pounding, horrifying and highly engrossing monster movie that takes the best elements of the genre and sets them in the most unlikely place, Chicago's Natural History Museum. This is a tense, thrilling monster film that delivers a high body count with plenty of blood. The film at times suffers from lack of great dialogue, but in the end, it doesn't matter because the carnage that follows more than makes up for the lack brilliant writing. The Relic is one of those films that is pure mindless fun, and it's sure to appeal to genre fans. Like I've said, there is no effective dialogue, and there is no real great performance. The cast here is presented more as bait to the creature lurking in the darkness of the museum. The effects are well done, and even if they look a bit dated by today's standards, for the time, it's still impressive to see that they were able to pull something like this back in 1997. The Relic is a film that uses a simple plot to create something truly exciting. This is the type of film that doesn't overdo anything, and it's to the point with its horror. That's what it takes to build a highly entertaining horror film, a good, yet simple concept with great atmosphere and tension throughout the film. The Relic more than lives up to that, and it's a horror picture that is dark, menacing and memorable for what it sets out to accomplish. Sure, it does lack in great performances, but this is nonetheless a film that should be seen by genre fans for its intense, well executed monster carnage. The film may be weak in a few areas, but it's a constant good time, and monster film fans will surely enjoy this underrated horror gem.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

The Relic is an above-average popcorn horror film. It's by no means a great film but it's good fun and very easy to watch. I remember 1997 being The Relic vs. Mimic and for me The Relic wins comfortably. Good old James Whitmore eh!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


The aboslute, complete, middle of the road, starring that chick you cast when you can't get Renee Russo

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

this is probably the worst movie ive seen in ages, preictable, boring and a stupidly unbelieveable storyline!
this movie seriously isnt worth the watch!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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