Split Reviews

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August 3, 2017
"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.
January 30, 2017
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 27, 2017
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 26, 2017
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.
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January 25, 2017
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 24, 2017
Shyamalan has returned to what he loves to do: use cheap horror tropes to create his own harebrained mythos.
January 23, 2017
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 22, 2017
It's far from perfect, but where so many modern horror movies are anonymous, Split has personality and then some.
January 21, 2017
To all of the shocking developments of the last 12 months, we may now add yet one more: M. Night Shyamalan has made a good movie.
January 21, 2017
A rare, straight-up horror film from Shyamalan, Split is a thrilling reminder of what a technical master he can be.
January 20, 2017
Shyamalan demonstrates a mastery over the form of the mean and lean psycho-thriller, aided in no small party by the performances of McAvoy, Taylor-Joy and Buckley, and smooth-yet-unsettling camera work by cinematographer Michael Gioulakis.
January 20, 2017
Directed by M Night Shyamalan, the horror-thriller is full of plot holes, but McAvoy's joyful and menacingly lunatic performance papers over most of them.
January 20, 2017
Shyamalan juggles all these borrowed balls with grace and skill; it's only when he adds in some of his own that he falters.
January 20, 2017
Shyamalan is a one-trick pony who needs to find a new rodeo.
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January 20, 2017
Shyamalan's popcorn picture is head-scramblingly strange - a chiller where both the bad guy and his victims are, well, victims.
January 20, 2017
Shyamalan has made the straightest thriller of his career, nearly free of the misguided detours and bonkers twists that made him famous. You wish it were messier.
January 20, 2017
It's a mystery that falls apart at the first touch.
January 20, 2017
McAvoy is excellent, but, for pure squeals and entertainment, the film falls short of Shyamalan's The Visit from 2015.
January 20, 2017
"Split" doesn't do enough to overcome its weaknesses, bouncing between a grungy horror exploitation flick, a psychological thriller and a supervillain origin story.
January 19, 2017
The narrative is choppy, the tension is less pervasive than it should be, and there's no ending.
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