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Splinter Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
April 17, 2009
A very efficient and effective (for its budget) zombie-infection-sci-fi-thriller
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Anton Bitel
Film4
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
PopMatters
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
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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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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
Filmcritic.com
October 30, 2008
a nifty example of the horror-movie as thrill ride
| Original Score: 4/5
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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
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 30, 2008
Bloody, screamy, creepy crawly comfort food that cuddles B-movie horror convention without fatigue.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
October 30, 2008
If you've seen The Thing or The Evil Dead, you've seen much of Splinter, but it's a lean, fast-moving and fun little flick that doesn't waste any of its scant 82 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
October 30, 2008
Excelling in creative scaring skills, Splinter boasts thorny issues like psycho fungi who go mobile, nuclear hedgehogs, homicidal human porcupines, impromptu carnivorous rooftop dining on half a state trooper, and a dangerously defrosting savior on ice.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 29, 2008
A nifty horror movie that doesn't claim to be anything other than a zippy exercise in creature-feature entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 28, 2008
Exactly what a B-movie should be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Variety
October 27, 2008
Spare, effective and genuinely frightening.
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
October 27, 2008
A high-end feature-length version of The Outer Limits, combined with a fond enthusiasm for creative gore and populated by a trio of characters who are actually interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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