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From Hell

Thriller . Mystery . Horror

Frederick Abberline is an opium-huffing inspector from Scotland Yard who falls for one of Jack the Ripper's prostitute targets in this Hughes brothers adaption of a graphic novel that posits the Ripper's true identity.

Actors: Ian Holm , Heather Graham , Johnny Depp , Paul Rhys , Susan Lynch , Terence Harvey , Katrin Cartlidge , Jason Flemyng , Ian Richardson , Robbie Coltrane
Directors: Albert Hughes , Allen Hughes
Country: USA
Release: 2001-10-19
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  • Owen Gleiberman

    Sensational and accomplished.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Gripping and stylish thriller.

    New York Post Full Review
  • F. X. Feeney

    Their discretion makes From Hell less a horror movie than a classical film noir.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Superbly shot around Prague -- From Hell is even more stylish than gruesome -- it has the lush decrepitude of an autumn compost heap or an old Hammer werewolf flick.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Derek Elley

    Surprisingly conventional Olde London Towne gaslight mystery, gussied up with some doctored visuals, and an eccentric performance by Johnny Depp.

    Variety Full Review
  • Gregory Weinkauf

    A visionary breakthrough for the young directors, a darkly alluring and largely successful attempt to crowd the territory of Roman Polanski and Dario Argento.

    New Times (L.A.) Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie feels dark, clammy and exhilarating -- it's like belonging to a secret club where you can have a lot of fun but might get into trouble.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    The movie works well as a straight-out horror yarn, proving that the Hughes Brothers are more versatile than their previous "ghetto pictures" suggest.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Bob Graham

    Mystery skillfully evokes Victorian London's dark depths.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    It's not a great movie by any means, but it grips tighter than a chokehold and it cuts as deep as a knife.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    A tug-of-war between a bracing vision of a truly infernal crime spree -- complete with engaging whodunit storytelling -- and a sometimes clumsy period drama.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • William Arnold

    It's by far the most violent, most clinical and most sumptuously atmospheric.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    An amazing physical specimen, beautifully photographed and edited. If you think of it as your own opium dream, you may dismiss the lousy story as a mere side effect.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    An astonishing act of synthesis, bringing together disparate Ripper theories and a fiercely idiosyncratic version of London's history, architecture, policing and social structure.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    So beautifully realized as a mood piece that it takes a while for a slight disappointment to register.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    There's no bite or sting, nor is there a single moment when the film is anything close to scary. It isn't ever engaging, either; it's a dull, sluggish bum-out.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Staff [Not Credited]

    With almost as many subplots as corpses, the movie maintains its mild watchability only because the Ripper saga still engrosses.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    Labyrinthine yet oversimple, the story seems to hide a more provocative one. But perhaps this is the nature of the beast.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Heather Wadowski

    Could have been a beautiful and suspenseful thriller, lukewarm performances make the film just another movie to add to one's "rent-it-when-it-comes-to-DVD" list.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    A visual tour-de-force; it's just that there's not much else to sink your teeth into once the pretty colors fade from view.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    It is deeply unpleasant to see women abducted, tortured and eviscerated by a methodical and meticulous butcher.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Feels stagy, stiff and entirely unnecessary.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Charles Taylor

    A brain-dead version of a dark and complex work. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The only note of authenticity in the movie comes from Ian Holm, playing the royal physician. What is this nuanced performance -- at least until the final fireworks -- doing in this twaddle?

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The Hughes boys blow it by burying a fine cast -- Robbie Coltrane as a cop and Ian Holm as a royal sawbones are standouts -- in stock scares, sappy romance and cliches that really are from hell.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Feels razor thin. None of the characters is particularly noteworthy. And the revelations of deep-seated conspiracy in the usual privileged, closed circles are hackneyed and tired.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Ambitious, visually stunning and hugely accomplished.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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