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Severance Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

May 13, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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June 9, 2007
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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The cast shows spark and gusto, especially Laura Harris as a vulnerable yet intrepid survivor type and Danny Dyer as a bent druggie who straightens out long enough to fight back.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 8, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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For the odd at heart, it will be worth the wait.

Full Review Source: Detroit News

June 8, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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It is wonderfully wry, and contains some great gags.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 8, 2007
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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So there's still a smart office-horror movie left to be made. In the meantime, Severance is just another paycheck.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 8, 2007
Rob Salem
Toronto Star
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Like Shaun of the Dead, the movie enthusiastically embraces all the grotesque clichés we love and have come to expect from the form -- turning several on their ear.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2007
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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At heart, it's a sophisticated variation on Friday the 13th, a splatter film with a slightly more interesting collection of targets.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 1, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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You got your humour, you got your horror, simply ratchet up both and, voilà, Severance -- or, as the billing not inaccurately puts it, The Office Meets Deliverance.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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Splatter comedy meets comic splatter in this brash crossover film that puts seven white-collar workers in the scary wilds of Hungary where psycho killer Russian ex-military lurk.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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For decades horny teens have been the slasher movie's victims of choice, but this darkly funny British import finds more deserving targets: the sales team of an international weapons manufacturer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

June 1, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The filmmakers want to have it both ways -- the funny and the sadistic -- but rarely do so at the same time with any success.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 1, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Severance will have you laughing one minute and feeling terribly unsettled the next.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

May 31, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Every clash of tones that worked in Shaun of the Dead goes haywire here.

| Original Score: 1/4

May 31, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Put it on a level with a mid-series Halloween.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 31, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Funny and scary in deftly equal measure.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 31, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Severance seems to be posing as some kind of ironic, darkly funny takeoff on slasher movies, but I think it's mostly just a slasher movie.

May 29, 2007
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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If you can handle the warts-and-all filmmaking, Severance is definitely worth your time, if not your $9.50. In other words, wait a few months and definitely check it out as a rental.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 25, 2007
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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They say, "Dying is easy, comedy is hard," but this cheeky gore fest proves that balancing the two is the trickiest act of all.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 24, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The irony is thick, and the deaths are brutal, as horror and humor are spliced with social commentary. The British film sends up scary movies while building characters whose fates matter to the audience.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

May 22, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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A sloppy, implausible slasher movie.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 22, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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You'll need a strong stomach, but director Christopher Smith mixes lots of laughs into the gore. Despite its predictable finish, Severance is bloody good fun.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 22, 2007
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Disappointingly, Severance strays way too soon into serviceable run-around-screaming scenes, when what we really want are the banal showdowns familiar to fans of The Office.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

May 19, 2007
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It's remarkable how much just a modicum of wit can spice up the standard backwoods slice-and-dice. Scaring people with a horror film is easy; entertaining them takes a little skill.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

May 19, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Severance turns a corporate retreat in a Hungarian forest into a bloody game of whack-a-mole. (Team building and paintballing are so last year.)

| Original Score: 3.5/5

May 18, 2007
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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Christopher Smith's Severance is an odd but entirely welcome duck: a horror spoof that strays into zones of political and ethical consequence, without ever becoming mired in them.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

May 17, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The pacing is uneven, leading to a bumpy road where laughter and gore sometimes complement each other and sometimes are at odds. This makes Severance more of a mixed bag than an unqualified success.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 17, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The chintzy characters, hair-raising deaths, and one spectacular rocket-launcher joke aren't enough to give Hostel a run for its blood, but they will keep the desensitized occupied.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

May 16, 2007
Scott Foundas
Village Voice
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Unlike [Dr. Strangelove], to say nothing of a whole spate of recent movies (including The Host and Land of the Dead) that have employed genre as a means of social criticism, Severance isn't a sustained work of imagination.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 15, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Director and co-writer Christopher Smith, mischievously blending The Office with Friday the 13th, keeps things fierce and funny enough to give Steve Carell ideas.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2007
Derek Elley
Variety
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A long way from formula slasher fare.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 16, 2006
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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Blending fierce horror and sly humour, Christopher Smith's confident follow-up to the more generic Creep marks a quantum leap forward for the young British filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Time Out

September 16, 2006
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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A motley group of employees from an international weapons company find themselves hilariously at the business end of their own products in Christopher Smith's razor-sharp comedy horror film.

September 13, 2006
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