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The Lazarus Effect (2015)

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Critic Consensus: The Lazarus Effect has a talented cast and the glimmer of an interesting idea, but wastes it all on insipid characters and dull, recycled plot points.

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From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions- producer of THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises- THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) who've achieved the unimaginable- bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials confiscated. (C) Relativity

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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (28)

Given the low-budget film's bottle-episode feel, horror fans could've gotten extra mileage out of a disorienting and original psychological treatment.

January 21, 2016 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
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It's thematically thin but competently made and good for a few scares.

March 6, 2015 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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I would have loved to see more from the filmmakers, daring to fail while staking out some new terror incognita instead of just going through the motions of an experiment for which we already have the results.

February 27, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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A grimy, dopey, confused thriller that wastes a very likable cast.

February 27, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Death may not be the end in The Lazarus Effect, but it should be.

February 27, 2015 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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"The Lazarus Effect" boasts nothing special. It's not going to provide much relief for horror-starved audiences.

February 27, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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½

Just entertaining enough not to be boring. It was not scary at all and the story was a little far fetched. It provided a few laughs and that's it.

Jarrin Rozenblad
Jarrin Rozenblad

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½

Olivia Wilde stars in the supernatural horror film The Lazarus Effect. A university study goes horribly wrong when one of the researchers dies in a freak accident and is revived using an experimental procedure. Wilde gives a solid performance, and so does her co-star Sarah Bolger. Also, the film does a nice job of building suspense and tension. But, the writing's a little weak and isn't sure what direction to take the plot: as it's unclear whether the resurrected character is demon possessed, lost their humanity, or something else. Yet despite its weaknesses, The Lazarus Effect manages to deliver some good scares.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

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Meh. Not the worst horror film I've seen but not very good either. I'm not going to lie, this film had some serious potential...could've been much better.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

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