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The Brood Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 29, 2015
the horrors are simultaneously literal and allegorical, springing from a deep emotional well that transcends the bounds of conventional drama
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
May 4, 2015
A cinematic bad dream that generates recurring nightmares.
Fernando F. Croce
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
Cole Smithey
November 2, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
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.
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
July 15, 2005
Another terrifying gem from Cronenberg's early years
| Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
May be the most damning movie ever made about psychiatry.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
December 18, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 25, 2004
One of the great filmmaker's best films, and a stylistic -- if not budgetary -- breakthrough.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
March 9, 2003
A definitive metaphor for the coldness and cruelty of acrimonious divorce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nicolas Lacroix
November 12, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 22, 2002
One of Cronenberg's most compelling and unsettling works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
One of Cronenberg's earliest and ickiest explorations of our fragile flesh.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jim Ridley
Nashville Scene
April 26, 2001
Canadian splatter-movie auteur David Cronenberg was a lot more interesting when he made movies for drive-ins instead of arthouses, and this visionary horror film ranks among his most disturbing, provocative work.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 8, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
A stunningly original film, but one that is hardly plausible.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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