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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as Dennis/ Patricial/ Hedwig/ The Beast/ Kevin Wendell Crumb
as Casey Cooke
as Dr. Karen Fletcher
as Claire Benoit
as Uncle John
as 5-year-old Casey
as Casey's Father
as Mr. Benoit
as News Anchor
as Jai, Hooters Lover
as Kevin's Mother
as Academic Moderator
as Taxi Driver
as Flower Kiosk Seller
as Security Guy with Dog
as Older Worker
as Police Officer #2
as Game Show Host
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Critic Reviews for Split
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shyamalan has returned to what he loves to do: use cheap horror tropes to create his own harebrained mythos.
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
Or M.Night returns (and about time, too). James McAvoy and Betty Buckley are both exemplary.
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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