Eli

2019

Eli

Critics Consensus

Intermittently effective if not wholly successful, Eli offers horror fans a handful of jump scares in search of a truly terrifying story.

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ELI is the story of a young boy plagued with an unknown, debilitating illness that requires him to live completely sealed off from the outside world. After exhausting every option, his parents put their trust -- and his life -- in the hands of a doctor whose experimental, cutting edge treatments may hold Eli's last hope. As Eli undergoes the tremendously intense process that could potentially cure him, he begins to be haunted by experiences that make him question who he can trust.

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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (13)

  • "Eli" has a strong payoff too with a memorably intense final 15 minutes. But that roaring finish feels like it should come much earlier in the picture. The story ends just when it's finally going somewhere.

    October 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • We have no real idea what's going on through most of Eli, which results in a film that is more often confusing than frightening.

    October 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is scattered with a number of familiar horror sequences, from a couple of nasty dreams to some extended jump scares, but none of them really land.

    October 18, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Benjamin Lee

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  • Netflix's latest horror film is among its most surprising and entertaining.

    November 14, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's undeniably bold but Eli feels like a trap that ultimately forgives its prey. It's too safe of a horror movie. [Full review in Spanish].

    November 12, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Foy and the film's three writers build to an artless, third-act twist that feels like a future case study for cheap screenwriting rug-pulls.

    October 31, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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  • Dec 28, 2019
    Eli director Ciarán Foy is also the man behind 2012's Citadel, which I found to be drastically underappreciated. For that reason, I went into Eli completely blind, expected to enjoy it of off of Foy's involvement alone. Ended up being pretty disappointed. The effects they use for the titular Eli's skin rashes appearing and disappearing are great, I was genuinely impressed, truly. But the quote-unquote "mysteries" of the movie ("Hm, this doesn't seem quite right, what's really going on here?") start very early on in the piece, and are drawn out for sooooo long, then only about half of those mysteries are answered in one single reveal, and even those ones are resolved in a way I was not at all satisfied by.
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