'Splice' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   13 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   184 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    The outstanding creature effects by Howard Berger only get more astonishing as Splice splits into an eerie horror picture, then divides again into something out of Rosemary's Baby.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Manohla Dargis New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    The Cronenberg influence here is evident in Mr. Natali's interest in the body and birth and in an initially subdued, near-narcoleptic atmosphere that helps build a nice sense of foreboding.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    Though a stylish thriller with an initially palpable sense of menace and kinky tension, the story takes such ridiculous turns that it ends up undercutting its initial promise.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    0
    A thoroughly repulsive science fiction-horror flick that slicks up its B-movie tawdriness with high-gloss production values and two otherwise classy stars.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    If it's discouraging -- or at least disorienting -- to see that Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley have signed on to a gnarly work of science-fiction horror, lighten up. They have good taste in schlock.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The detailed imagining of Dren's life cycle and Splice's one-upping make the movie mortifyingly fascinating, and its spell lasts right up until the junk heap of a grand finale.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    It wants to tour the scarred human psyche, yet the cobbled-together screenplay is silly when it should be spooky, cold when it should boil over and dumb when it should be smart.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Cary Darling Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    50
    An engrossing, if flawed, techno thriller that never quite goes where expected, and that's what makes it such a pleasant surprise.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    What makes Splice morally compelling isn't the bioethics quandaries it raises so much as the way it delves into parenthood.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kathleen Murphy MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    ... mining horror out of moral quandary rather than mindless slaughter, Splice occasionally achieves a terrible beauty.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    The script blends human psychology with scientific speculation and has genuine interest until it goes on autopilot with one of the chase scenes Hollywood now permits few films to end without.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The film, much of which takes place in laboratories or at the couple's isolated farmhouse, doesn't deliver "the usual." I was fine with that -- grateful, in fact. A little queasy in the stomach, but grateful.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The movie carves out its own psychological terrain, pondering the emotional storms of both childhood and parenthood as relations in the little family grow ever more perverse.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    Splices together the mad-scientist story with a satire of modern marriage and parenting. While the results are mad, brazenly unethical, and occasionally funny, the implications are deeply upsetting.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    The film's deliberately provocative premise is worked out in broad, lurid comic-book strokes, consciously calculated to shock the easily shockable and titillate the peculiar.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    92
    Daring, disturbing and deliciously twisted.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    Morphing as often as the character central to its story, Splice is an unruly mix of science, morality, family dysfunction, horror and finger-down-the-throat gross-out ridiculousness.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    The movie doesn't work, but the sets and CGI effects are fascinating, and the actors carry on like they're in some kind of meaningful futuristic experience of lasting value.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    Benefiting significantly from the casting of Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, director Vincenzo Natali's outlandish sci-fier sustains a grotesque and funny fascination throughout its slightly protracted runtime.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Brody and Polley's performances keep the film grounded in a semblance of reality even when it threatens to go over the top near the end, and director Natali infuses the proceedings with a consistent sense of nail-biting dread.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    50
    It begins with such promise, a kinky modernist twist on a classical sci-fi morality tale. That it degenerates into conventional, genre horror is all the more disappointing.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    100
    The special effects and creature design, as good as they are, don't exceed the acting by Polley, Brody and Chaneac, who make it all seem entirely plausible and emotionally real.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    A good horror flick always does metaphoric battle with our interior demons, and Splice summons them in impressive numbers.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Splice went down smooth, with its sleek surfaces, terrific special effects and disturbing sexiness.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    63
    Despite its relative bravery in choosing not to embrace the Grand Guignol, Splice is a little too hit-or-miss to truly work.
    Full Review » 4 years ago