Split

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Split serves as a dramatic tour de force for James McAvoy in multiple roles -- and finds writer-director M. Night Shyamalan returning resoundingly to thrilling form.

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While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher, there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey, Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him - as well as everyone around him - as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

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Cast

James McAvoy
as Dennis/ Patricial/ Hedwig/ The Beast/ Kevin Wendell Crumb
Anya Taylor-Joy
as Casey Cooke
Betty Buckley
as Dr. Karen Fletcher
Haley Lu Richardson
as Claire Benoit
Izzie Leigh Coffey
as 5-year-old Casey
Sebastian Arcelus
as Casey's Father
Neal Huff
as Mr. Benoit
Ukee Washington
as News Anchor
M. Night Shyamalan
as Jai, Hooters Lover
Rosemary Howard
as Kevin's Mother
Lynn Renee
as Academic Moderator
Peter Patrikios
as Taxi Driver
Kash Goins
as Flower Kiosk Seller
Roy Wilson
as Security Guy with Dog
Nakia Dillard
as Police Officer #2
Bruce Winant
as Game Show Host
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All Critics (284) | Top Critics (51)

  • "Split" takes a step in this direction by positing that "mental sickness" might not always be an actual illness - but then takes two steps back by exploiting moviegoers' fears that people with unusual mental conditions can be unpredictably violent.

    Aug 3, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie's simultaneous evocation of both the depravity at work beneath society's deceptive surfaces and the inadequacy of the liberal technocratic order to defend against that depravity is the secret to its success.

    Jan 30, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Split isn't a disaster; it's just all over the place and not nearly as effective as it should be for something with such a good premise and performances.

    Jan 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Three teenage girls are held captive in a grimy building somewhere by a madman with 23 personalities, but at least they aren't trapped in a theater watching this exercise in tedium from vaunted master of surprise M. Night Shyamalan.

    Jan 26, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This is a filmmaker with almost no real talent for coherence, originality or purpose and in spite of his insistence on audience secrecy, his overly contrived plots are easy to figure out before the beginning of the second reel.

    Jan 25, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • Shyamalan has returned to what he loves to do: use cheap horror tropes to create his own harebrained mythos.

    Jan 24, 2017 | Full Review…

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