The Brood Reviews

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December 29, 2020
One of Cronenberg's earliest, but also one of his best. It's a weird and gross journey into his post-divorced mind that plays out wonderfully on screen.
October 30, 2020
One of the films that gave rise to the term "body horror," David Cronenberg's 1979 shocker is a characteristic mix of the sombre, the wacky and the viscerally grotesque.
July 3, 2020
The Brood is the stuff of nightmares on every level, the recurring kind that stick with you and infect the rest of your day, long after you wake up. A dark, twisted parable, it stands as one of David Cronenberg's most unsettling works.
July 19, 2019
Cronenberg keeps such a distance from his characters that there's virtually no involvement. But he does an effective, efficient, cold job on it.
May 6, 2019
Rage, between people in love, gives birth to nasty things we'd rather believe never existed in us.
April 28, 2018
[Cronenberg's] rapid fire direction keeps you bouncing back and forth between laughter and shock with only minor stops for explanatory dialogue and his satirical sophistication never stoops to cheap parody.
October 29, 2015
the horrors are simultaneously literal and allegorical, springing from a deep emotional well that transcends the bounds of conventional drama
October 17, 2015
As is often the case with Cronenberg, the intriguing subtext (here, the damage caused by divorce and the dubious benefits of psychology) is neutered by an amateurish and even risible storyline as well as inconsistent characters who make little sense.
May 4, 2015
A cinematic bad dream that generates recurring nightmares.
October 20, 2013
Shedding the grindhouse skin of the early films for a cool-clinical sheen, Cronenberg exhumes the deformed feelings of relationships erected on circles of pain while locating a bruised new dignity in the characters caught in them
November 2, 2007
July 29, 2005
it's Cronenberg's Kramer Vs. Kramer - although Benton's film never featured dwarfish homicidal psychopaths amongst its methods for bridging irreconcilable differences.
July 15, 2005
Another terrifying gem from Cronenberg's early years
May 3, 2005
May be the most damning movie ever made about psychiatry.
December 18, 2004
October 25, 2004
One of the great filmmaker's best films, and a stylistic -- if not budgetary -- breakthrough.
October 23, 2004
The Brood is an el sleazo exploitation film, camouflaged by the presence of several well-known stars but guaranteed to nauseate you all the same.
March 9, 2003
A definitive metaphor for the coldness and cruelty of acrimonious divorce.
November 12, 2002
October 22, 2002
One of Cronenberg's most compelling and unsettling works.
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