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Splinter Reviews

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Lucius Gore
April 17, 2009
A very efficient and effective (for its budget) zombie-infection-sci-fi-thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Staci Layne Wilson
April 3, 2009
Everything you expect to happen, does - but it isn't satisfying.
Anton Bitel
March 4, 2009
deliver[s] plenty of bang from the filmmaker's limited bucks - but Splinter's greatest strengths, rare for the genre, are its solid characterisation, witty dialogue and charismatic performances.
Bill Gibron
November 20, 2008
If you can get beyond one basic narrative flaw, and a low budget dynamic which provides limited looks at our Bottin-inspired fiends, Splinter will come as a wonderful little fright flick surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
This is a terrifying film.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
It's good, it's just nothing really groundbreaking or special.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
November 8, 2008
Four people. One Kwik-E-Mart style shop. One crazed creature. Splinter proves that's all you need for a chilling horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
November 6, 2008
Fans hoping for a substantial work are left with no real statement or vision, while horror aficionados have already seen this film a dozen times before.
Full Review | Original Score: 43/100
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
October 31, 2008
This slightly elevated generic effort is still essentially what they mean by disposable entertainment.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 31, 2008
[Director] Wilkins understands that what we don't see is often more unsettling than what we do. But he also throws in plenty of well-earned gore, making this an ideal option if you're looking for a few new Halloween scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 31, 2008
There have been worse horror flicks, but although this one offers a few scares, it doesn't have a lot of imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 31, 2008
The movie's awash in blood, sure, but it has more brains on hand than just the ones dripping down the wall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 31, 2008
It's short, taut, nicely shot, well-acted, astutely directed, specific where it might have been generic, original enough to be engrossing and derivative enough to be amusing.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 31, 2008
With Splinter, the director Toby Wilkins honors the conventions of the horror genre with skill and enough wit to keep the scares sharp.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Jay Antani
October 30, 2008
a nifty example of the horror-movie as thrill ride
| Original Score: 4/5
Geoff Berkshire
October 30, 2008
This is one tedious horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 30, 2008
This is classic Halloween fun, with plenty of thrills and chills, surprisingly believable performances, and healthy doses of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alex Markerson
E! Online
October 30, 2008
The ingredients are all there: a small, virtually unknown cast, a remote location, a nasty critter -- but the seasoning is all off.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 30, 2008
The film lacks that spark of originality or humor or thematic resonance that might have elevated it from forgettable genre time-passer to something more lasting.
| Original Score: C+
Harvey S. Karten
Film Journal International
October 30, 2008
Splinter is about a scary as a tussle between four vacationers and a small porcupine.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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