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Severance Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 13, 2009
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
June 8, 2007
The cast shows spark and gusto, especially Laura Harris as a vulnerable yet intrepid survivor type and Danny Dyer as a bent druggie who straightens out long enough to fight back.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 8, 2007
For the odd at heart, it will be worth the wait.
June 8, 2007
It is wonderfully wry, and contains some great gags.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 8, 2007
So there's still a smart office-horror movie left to be made. In the meantime, Severance is just another paycheck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 1, 2007
Like Shaun of the Dead, the movie enthusiastically embraces all the grotesque clichés we love and have come to expect from the form -- turning several on their ear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2007
At heart, it's a sophisticated variation on Friday the 13th, a splatter film with a slightly more interesting collection of targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2007
You got your humour, you got your horror, simply ratchet up both and, voilà, Severance -- or, as the billing not inaccurately puts it, The Office Meets Deliverance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2007
Splatter comedy meets comic splatter in this brash crossover film that puts seven white-collar workers in the scary wilds of Hungary where psycho killer Russian ex-military lurk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2007
For decades horny teens have been the slasher movie's victims of choice, but this darkly funny British import finds more deserving targets: the sales team of an international weapons manufacturer.
June 1, 2007
The filmmakers want to have it both ways -- the funny and the sadistic -- but rarely do so at the same time with any success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 31, 2007
Severance will have you laughing one minute and feeling terribly unsettled the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 31, 2007
Every clash of tones that worked in Shaun of the Dead goes haywire here.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 31, 2007
Put it on a level with a mid-series Halloween.
May 31, 2007
Funny and scary in deftly equal measure.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 29, 2007
Severance seems to be posing as some kind of ironic, darkly funny takeoff on slasher movies, but I think it's mostly just a slasher movie.
May 25, 2007
If you can handle the warts-and-all filmmaking, Severance is definitely worth your time, if not your $9.50. In other words, wait a few months and definitely check it out as a rental.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 24, 2007
They say, "Dying is easy, comedy is hard," but this cheeky gore fest proves that balancing the two is the trickiest act of all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 22, 2007
The irony is thick, and the deaths are brutal, as horror and humor are spliced with social commentary. The British film sends up scary movies while building characters whose fates matter to the audience.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 22, 2007
A sloppy, implausible slasher movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 22, 2007
You'll need a strong stomach, but director Christopher Smith mixes lots of laughs into the gore. Despite its predictable finish, Severance is bloody good fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 19, 2007
It's remarkable how much just a modicum of wit can spice up the standard backwoods slice-and-dice. Scaring people with a horror film is easy; entertaining them takes a little skill.
Read More | Original Score: B
May 18, 2007
Severance turns a corporate retreat in a Hungarian forest into a bloody game of whack-a-mole. (Team building and paintballing are so last year.)
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 17, 2007
Christopher Smith's Severance is an odd but entirely welcome duck: a horror spoof that strays into zones of political and ethical consequence, without ever becoming mired in them.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 17, 2007
The pacing is uneven, leading to a bumpy road where laughter and gore sometimes complement each other and sometimes are at odds. This makes Severance more of a mixed bag than an unqualified success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2007
The chintzy characters, hair-raising deaths, and one spectacular rocket-launcher joke aren't enough to give Hostel a run for its blood, but they will keep the desensitized occupied.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 15, 2007
Unlike [Dr. Strangelove], to say nothing of a whole spate of recent movies (including The Host and Land of the Dead) that have employed genre as a means of social criticism, Severance isn't a sustained work of imagination.
April 19, 2007
Director and co-writer Christopher Smith, mischievously blending The Office with Friday the 13th, keeps things fierce and funny enough to give Steve Carell ideas.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2006
A long way from formula slasher fare.
September 16, 2006
Blending fierce horror and sly humour, Christopher Smith's confident follow-up to the more generic Creep marks a quantum leap forward for the young British filmmaker.
September 13, 2006
A motley group of employees from an international weapons company find themselves hilariously at the business end of their own products in Christopher Smith's razor-sharp comedy horror film.