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The Signal Reviews

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2008
[A] cagey low-budget horror flick.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 29, 2008
It's all screwball fun until someone gets bugsprayed down the throat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 22, 2008
It doesn't take long for the The Signal's promising beginning to fade into a haze that leaves the viewer exhausted and irritated.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 22, 2008
None of the rabbit holes in The Signal go that deep. But you do leave persuaded that you've discovered some talented people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
February 22, 2008
A movie that explores the common ground between visceral horror and sketch comedy, and finds plenty of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 22, 2008
The Signal is electrifying, deliciously mad and twisted filmmaking. It's certainly not for everyone, but chances are it will inspire many.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 22, 2008
With just one compelling sequence emerging from so many filmmakers' efforts, The Signal is decidedly less than the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
February 22, 2008
This three-part horror movie directed by a trio of Atlanta filmmakers is set during the collapse of Terminus, a fictional city whose citizens are being driven to rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 22, 2008
A slasher fest that references such predecessors as George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead and Pulse, a 2001 chiller by Japan's talented Kiyoshi Kurosawa, while still remaining original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 22, 2008
Ultimately, The Signal doesn't rewrite the rules of horror, the way those masters did. But its filmmakers do provide a creepy, bloody good show.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 22, 2008
You will definitely appreciate this film's ambition, if not its execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 22, 2008
A startlingly original, smart indie film that so effortlessly mixes high-caliber gore, suspense and shocking violence with vaudevillian hilarity, it's clearly animated by the spirit of the classic Re-Animator films.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 21, 2008
The Signal is a well-oiled example of that oxymoronic Tarantino phenomenon: the arty grindhouse picture.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
February 21, 2008
In a movie about perception, misperception and the ramifications of misunderstanding, it's a bit ironic that the directors can't get out of one another's way.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 20, 2008
This Look Ma, no hands! And no head either! horror film makes a Mixmaster stew out of Poltergeist, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Re-Animator, They Came From Within, and Shaun of the Dead.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
February 20, 2008
This uneven but impressive shot-on-digital shocker earns a marker in the mausoleum of apocalyptic horror -- a genre that's proving (un)surprisingly durable in the new century.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
February 8, 2007
Thesps get seriously into the roles, rendering the situation that much funnier.