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Splice Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 22, 2010
This Cronenbergian exploration of the perils of inter-species gene-splicing wrestles with some topical and disturbing ideas, but never quite pins them down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 7, 2010
[It's] witty, aware of its own craziness, and disarmingly insightful about the psychology of its characters.
June 4, 2010
A good horror flick always does metaphoric battle with our interior demons, and Splice summons them in impressive numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2010
Daring, disturbing and deliciously twisted.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 4, 2010
What makes Splice morally compelling isn't the bioethics quandaries it raises so much as the way it delves into parenthood.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2010
An engrossing, if flawed, techno thriller that never quite goes where expected, and that's what makes it such a pleasant surprise.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 4, 2010
... mining horror out of moral quandary rather than mindless slaughter, Splice occasionally achieves a terrible beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 4, 2010
A thoroughly repulsive science fiction-horror flick that slicks up its B-movie tawdriness with high-gloss production values and two otherwise classy stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
June 4, 2010
Brody and Polley's performances keep the film grounded in a semblance of reality even when it threatens to go over the top near the end, and director Natali infuses the proceedings with a consistent sense of nail-biting dread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 4, 2010
It wants to tour the scarred human psyche, yet the cobbled-together screenplay is silly when it should be spooky, cold when it should boil over and dumb when it should be smart.
June 3, 2010
However somber it gets, it's never truly thought-provoking, and however outrageous it gets, it's still always 20 minutes behind the audience. It's just too dumb to be serious and too slow to be entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 3, 2010
Though a stylish thriller with an initially palpable sense of menace and kinky tension, the story takes such ridiculous turns that it ends up undercutting its initial promise.
June 3, 2010
The Cronenberg influence here is evident in Mr. Natali's interest in the body and birth and in an initially subdued, near-narcoleptic atmosphere that helps build a nice sense of foreboding.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 3, 2010
Before the film devolves into cliché, director and co-writer Vincenzo Natali creates a potent and provocative thriller about gender politics and human impulses that can't be reduced to a science.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2010
The movie is ridiculously over the top, inelegant and so defiantly 
crazy
 that it works, reminding you how fun gore and creatures that go bump 
(and
 grind) in the night can be.
June 3, 2010
The special effects and creature design, as good as they are, don't exceed the acting by Polley, Brody and Chanéac, who make it all seem entirely plausible and emotionally real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 3, 2010
Splice is a hybrid that works. It's a smart, slickly paced, well-acted science-fiction cautionary tale-horror movie-psychological drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 3, 2010
The film's deliberately provocative premise is worked out in broad, lurid comic-book strokes, consciously calculated to shock the easily shockable and titillate the peculiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 3, 2010
While it's far from perfect, it's a timely and well-considered thriller about the scarier aspects of genetic engineering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2010
Splices together the mad-scientist story with a satire of modern marriage and parenting. While the results are mad, brazenly unethical, and occasionally funny, the implications are deeply upsetting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2010
If it's discouraging -- or at least disorienting -- to see that Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley have signed on to a gnarly work of science-fiction horror, lighten up. They have good taste in schlock.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2010
Shooting with a cool reserve and a steely-blue color palette, Natali keeps the film unsettling by using icky creature effects, but just as often by offering up grotesque caricatures of real-life parenting discomforts...
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 3, 2010
The movie carves out its own psychological terrain, pondering the emotional storms of both childhood and parenthood as relations in the little family grow ever more perverse.
June 3, 2010
The climax is a pileup of sorts as the movie suddenly becomes an audience-pandering monster-in-the-woods creature feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 3, 2010
The film, much of which takes place in laboratories or at the couple's isolated farmhouse, doesn't deliver "the usual." I was fine with that -- grateful, in fact. A little queasy in the stomach, but grateful.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 3, 2010
The script blends human psychology with scientific speculation and has genuine interest until it goes on autopilot with one of the chase scenes Hollywood now permits few films to end without.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2010
Despite its relative bravery in choosing not to embrace the Grand Guignol, Splice is a little too hit-or-miss to truly work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 2, 2010
The creature effects are terrific, but the human protagonists aren't nearly so interesting, and the don't-mess-with-nature message is too hoary to be made interesting with this feeble setup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 2, 2010
Morphing as often as the character central to its story, Splice is an unruly mix of science, morality, family dysfunction, horror and finger-down-the-throat gross-out ridiculousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 2, 2010
It begins with such promise, a kinky modernist twist on a classical sci-fi morality tale. That it degenerates into conventional, genre horror is all the more disappointing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 2, 2010
The movie doesn't work, but the sets and CGI effects are fascinating, and the actors carry on like they're in some kind of meaningful futuristic experience of lasting value.
June 2, 2010
If you've seen Species, you know where this don't-mess-with-Mother-Nature horror show is going, though director-cowriter Vincenzo Natali has a few interesting twists up his sleeve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 1, 2010
The detailed imagining of Dren's life cycle and Splice's one-upping make the movie mortifyingly fascinating, and its spell lasts right up until the junk heap of a grand finale.
June 1, 2010
Genre-savvy monster movie approaches Midnight Movie zone without abandoning the mainstream.
May 26, 2010
The outstanding creature effects by Howard Berger only get more astonishing as Splice splits into an eerie horror picture, then divides again into something out of Rosemary's Baby.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 28, 2010
Splice went down smooth, with its sleek surfaces, terrific special effects and disturbing sexiness.
January 27, 2010
Benefiting significantly from the casting of Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, director Vincenzo Natali's outlandish sci-fier sustains a grotesque and funny fascination throughout its slightly protracted runtime.
January 26, 2010
Despite an A-list star and a high-tech plot, the film itself feels like a hybrid of silly science tingler and moral philosophy with a straight-to-video sheen-which is likely where their larger profit margins lie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5