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The Serpent and the Rainbow Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 18, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 25, 2006
A lame documentary-flavored horror story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
October 26, 2007
Despite the strongly emphasized exoticness its Haitian scenery, The Serpent and the Rainbow may be Wes Craven's most pedestrian film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Variety Staff
September 25, 2007
Offers a few good scares but gets bogged down in special effects.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Unfortunately, the political parallel between the ideological repression of Baby Doc's regime and the stultifying effects of the zombifying fluid is only sketchily developed, leaving us with a series of striking but isolated set pieces.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2004
Director Wes Craven learned that the scariest things often have nothing to do with special effects wizardry.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
August 4, 2002
Wes Craven chiller that thinks it's ten times the picture it actually is.
| Original Score: 3/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
February 27, 2016
Better (certainly classier) than most films directed by the late Wes Craven, this zombie flick still registers as an also-ran in the horror sweepstakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly
August 8, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Harrington
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Take a powerful, revealing nonfiction book, sift through it for its most cliche'd elements and turn it into a terror film and you've got The Serpent and the Rainbow.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 5, 2003
Craven tries something different, with mixed results
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The Serpent and the Rainbow has a screenplay that often breaks its spell.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
February 28, 2016
An admirable effort to put the voodoo back in zombie mythology ... anyone interested in a different take on a zombie tale should certainly give it a look-over.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The Serpent and the Rainbow is uncanny in the way it takes the most lurid images and makes them plausible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
April 1, 2010
Flavorful Grand Guignol
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
An invisibly smart film, a lot brighter underneath than its surface gloss would suggest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
January 12, 2003
Genuinely chilling, one of Wes Craven's best.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Surprisingly solid effort from Wes Craven.
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 25, 2007
Genuinely frightening.
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