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Split (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Split

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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.

January 30, 2017 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

January 27, 2017 | Full Review…
Associated Press
Top Critic

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.

January 26, 2017 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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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.

January 25, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
New York Observer
Top Critic

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

January 24, 2017 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

In short, we are watching an old-fashioned exploitation flick-part of a depleted and degrading genre that not even M. Night Shyamalan, the writer and director of "Split," can redeem.

January 23, 2017 | Full Review…
New Yorker
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Split

Garbage is an epithet that's thrown around so frequently these days that I hesitate to use the word, but here goes: Split is garbage. I don't use that dismissive label lightly. I'll explain what took this beyond merely bad to downright offensive. M Night Shyamalan resorts to capitalizing on mental illness for sensational thrills without the care to even convey its complexities. It also exploits child abuse in a cheap attempt to give his weak story more meaning. It does not handle these subjects in a meaningful or sensitive way but rather shamelessly mines the inherent gravity in these issues for superficial kicks. It is artless. Split certainly isn't the first film to manipulate weighty subjects in a crass manner. Last year's The Girl on the Train served up a vulgar recipe of alcoholism, depression, and domestic abuse. It was exploitative much in the same way and Split caused me to relive that awfulness. Girl was one of my least favorite pictures of 2016, but it came out so late in the year that it was only among the "worst of 2016" for 3 months. With Split's January release, we have a major contender just 20 days into 2017. This production has the potential to go the distance. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

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½

Or M.Night returns (and about time, too). James McAvoy and Betty Buckley are both exemplary.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A slow paced, sometimes amusing script and acted well by McAvoy. Ultimately though, this movie is uninteresting and leaves a sour taste in the mouth!

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