Splice Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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.
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.
June 4, 2010
Daring, disturbing and deliciously twisted.
June 4, 2010
What makes Splice morally compelling isn't the bioethics quandaries it raises so much as the way it delves into parenthood.
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.
June 4, 2010
... mining horror out of moral quandary rather than mindless slaughter, Splice occasionally achieves a terrible beauty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 3, 2010
While it's far from perfect, it's a timely and well-considered thriller about the scarier aspects of genetic engineering.
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.
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