Splice Reviews

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November 30, 2020
It takes a deeply debated subject and treats it with the utmost seriousness for the first half-hour, then slowly digresses into an often uncomfortably bizarre monster movie.
September 24, 2020
A film that detours from potential greatness for the sake of a few dark laughs and modestly chilling thrills.
February 15, 2013
Who would have thought talent of that calibre would combine to create such a catastrophic stinker.
October 1, 2012
Because of the writers' choice to stay so superficial, we get a sluggishly-paced, forgettable thriller.
November 17, 2011
August 12, 2010
Like the mutant progeny, Splice is an unsuccessful hybrid: half moral fable, half mad scientist makes monster flick.
August 11, 2010
The Frankenstein story, a cautionary tale about ambition racing ahead of one's talents, has potential for great pathos and tragedy, Splice opts for far less than that and only partially succeeds.
August 6, 2010
Sci-fi horror turns feral in this misguided story about genetic engineering that morphs into more of a monster freak show than a story with genuine thrills
July 28, 2010
It's a shame -- there's a lot of enjoyment to be extracted from Splice, but it remains a Frankenstein's monster of piecemeal storytelling.
July 26, 2010
A B-movie science-fiction melodrama that really needed the genius of David Cronenberg to bring it to life.
July 10, 2010
It's nice to see a genre film try to be smarter than it needs to be, but all we really get is a genre film that's duller than it should have been.
July 6, 2010
Splice is aching to creep out the room with its symphony of goopy creatures and psychosexual situations, but the film is perhaps too timid and verbose to truly lunge forward and gleefully disturb.
June 27, 2010
...a classic case of two scientists being screwed by their own experiment.
June 20, 2010
Be forewarned--after watching it, some might feel dirty upon leaving the theater. And I'm pretty sure that's the point. So, um, good for the fimmmakers!
June 18, 2010
A cleverly disguised expose on the challenges of parenthood, with riffs on abortion and the Electra complex thrown in for good measure, Splice is inventive enough that it's a real shame when it falls apart heading into the home stretch.
June 14, 2010
Splice undone by mad science.
June 11, 2010
This cautionary tale about science without boundaries goes to such lengths to "cross the line" narratively that it leaves the big questions behind.
June 11, 2010
This bit of metaphorical business keeps on giving, for the film presses hard on the well-worn connections between sex and birth, sensual desire and freakish ambition.
June 5, 2010
It strives so hard to be more than it is and that is why it ultimately fails. Could have been good if they left the pretensions at the door and went for straight horror. Then the horrible 3rd act could be forgiven.
June 4, 2010
A must-see for sci-fi and horror nuts, even if Natali throws away a perfectly compelling first two acts in favor of the big 'Oh no they didn't' ending.
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