Relic Reviews

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July 14, 2020
It can't seem to grasp that to make such a slow-moving movie work, you gotta have a hook. There are too many narrative dead-ends in James and Christian White's screenplay to fully embrace what is, at its core, a fairly familiar story.
July 13, 2020
The last third of the film is really good. It is a tense watch. But it takes too long to get there.
July 13, 2020
Relic is a maddening labyrinth of a horror film. It begins as a harmful itch, turns into a worrisome series of scratches, and fully evolves into a debilitating disease. The film is this gloriously unnerving triumph of an all-female cast.
July 13, 2020
Relic is certainly a chilling film and one full of heartbreaking explorations of humanity, aging and dementia.
July 13, 2020
This disquieting Australian horror film was plenty good enough to keep my mind off the piece of fabric over my face.
July 13, 2020
There are flashes of good, but we come away feeling more worn down than edified.
July 13, 2020
The horror of grieving the living. [Full review in spanish].
July 13, 2020
Director Natalie Erika James was inspired by her own grandma's Alzheimer's experience, which she has translated into a film of uncanny power. Disturbing and not for everybody, but art-film fans will love it.
July 13, 2020
It's a hell of a performance by Robyn Nevin, who's had a long and commanding career on the Australian stage.
July 12, 2020
Well-made and creepy, but may have missed its calling as a short film.
July 12, 2020
A well-crafted, atmospheric allegory that explores a primal fear through the supernatural lens. [Full Review in Spanish]
July 11, 2020
For most of its running time, "Relic" feels more like a chamber piece than a full-fledged horror outing, but a nail-biting third act ups the ante.
July 11, 2020
Filmmaker Natalie Erika James gets high marks for creating a slow-burning atmosphere, [but] her metaphor-heavy script ... doesn't deliver the gut punch it needed to consider it a complete success.
July 11, 2020
Overall, "Relic" is a half-baked effort with an interesting hook that doesn't exactly fulfil its full potential.
July 11, 2020
It's a sophisticated and confident debut feature by filmmaker Natalie Erika James whose distinctive voice ensures that Relic holds its own against films that employ a similar approach to horror and personal trauma.
July 11, 2020
Relic deserves the hype; it is powerful, sensitive, original and deeply, deeply moving
July 11, 2020
This movie shook me to my core, and by the time it ended I had to sit in silence pondering its many humanistic layers for several minutes.
July 11, 2020
Though Relic doesn't reinvent the family-driven sub-genre of horror, it is one of the purest refinements of it to date. It completely bucks so much of what's expected from typical haunted house movies, and allows the characters breathing room.
July 11, 2020
James captures that sense of incremental, irrevocable loss, balancing the uncanny and the intimate in a way rarely seen since Joel Anderson's 2009 funeral march, Lake Mungo.
July 11, 2020
James shows Edna is much more than her senescent body and faltering mind. She affords Edna humanity, even when her actions border on the inhuman, leaving no room for societal repugnance to strip that from her.
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