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The Lazarus Effect

Sci-Fi . Horror . Thriller

Medical researcher Frank, his fiancee Zoe and their team have achieved the impossible: they have found a way to revive the dead. After a successful, but unsanctioned, experiment on a lifeless animal, they are ready to make their work public. However, when their dean learns what they've done, he shuts them down. Zoe is killed during an attempt to recreate the experiment, leading Frank to test the process on her. Zoe is revived -- but something evil is within her.

Actors: Sean T. Krishnan , Amy Aquino , Ray Wise , Bruno Gunn , Sarah Bolger , Evan Peters , Donald Glover , Mark Duplass , Olivia Wilde
Directors: David Gelb
Country: USA
Release: 2015-02-27
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  • James Rocchi

    The Lazarus Effect is a smart, unsubtle chiller that should leave even a dedicated horror fan shaken and spooked from its opening scene’s revelations to its final scene’s implications.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Director David Gelb, switching gears from his fine 2011 documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," keeps the mayhem moving briskly as an effective host of obstacles pile up in the script by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ryan Lattanzio

    It's a compelling, even decently acted piece of schlock that breezes by at a lean 83 minutes, with enough self-awareness to know you're going to forget it the minute the lights go up.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    With its homages to "Frankenstein," "The Exorcist" and "The Shining," director David Gelb's The Lazarus Effect is at least smarter and tenser than last year's crop of tame horror films.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    There’s no point in overselling a conventional, rarely surprising horror picture, a picture that manages one good, cheap jolt and a solid hour of dread. But Lazarus reminds us that a genre overwhelmed by junk fare doesn’t need to be that way. It’s not effects, gore or novelty that matter. It’s all in the execution, and electrocution.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It helps that Gelb shoots this less like a horror film and more like a drama. When the film does finally kick into overt horror, it becomes more familiar and less overall effective.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Kevin C. Johnson

    For the hour or so it’s on screen it’s a harmless, little chiller that doesn’t scare much but serves as a holdover until something truly scary comes along.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Mildly enjoyable despite its basic mediocrity.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The Lazarus Effect begins with an intriguing premise then proceeds to squander all the early goodwill through a slow, inexorable descent into cheap horror gimmicks.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Keith Staskiewicz

    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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Like too many horror films, this one seems targeted at a hypothetical audience using only 10 percent of its brainpower.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • William Goss

    A Frankensteinian combination of "Flatliners," "Carrie," and just about any possession flick that comes to mind.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Despite an intriguing opening and an overqualified cast, The Lazarus Effect can’t shake a been-there/resurrected-that vibe left over from Flatliners, Pet Sematary, and countless other films stretching back to Frankenstein.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Forget the minor, derivative scares in The Lazarus Effect. The real jolt here is seeing a well-known name playing a monstrous evil force.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    While the monster Wilde is scary enough, the directing and writing is lazy, relying on “boo!” tactics and insinuating a religious subtext by cutting to close-ups of crucifix jewellery. The ending is slapdash.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Sort of a Flatliners for the sensitive indie-actor set, The Lazarus Effect is a grimy, dopey, confused thriller that wastes a very likable cast.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    “Lazarus” shamelessly steals from superior genre efforts and lacks any distinguishing traits beyond a wildly overqualified cast.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ben Kenigsberg

    Despite eclectic casting and occasional experiments with objective camera, the director, David Gelb (“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”), can’t breathe similar life into this risible mix of pseudoscientific hokum and supernatural freakouts.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Aside from the waste of talent, the frustrating thing about The Lazarus Effect is how it cheats. Good horror movies work on internal logic.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    The screenplay by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater begins promisingly enough with its slow-burn examination of the various moral issues involved. But once Zoe is resuscitated the proceedings descend into familiar horror film film tropes.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    The Lazarus Effect is nothing but a cheap horror film cloaked in scientific mumbo-jumbo.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    This isn't a real horror movie — this is the kind of horror movie that the characters in a real horror movie watch in order to comment on the lameness of the genre before their authentic terrors begin. Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The Lazarus Effect is not the usual mindless thriller, but it’s as flat as an open soda from last week, with dull characters and virtually every scene taking place in a single location. It looks as if it cost about 12 bucks to make — and somebody got robbed.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Despite classy lead performances by Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde, the movie, from horror factory Blumhouse (known for cranking out sequels in the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, among others), relies too heavily on reanimated monster movie cliches and scientific gibberish to keep it alive.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    David Gelb doesn't evince so much as a single compositional sleight of hand, merely delighting in turning lights on and off and watching Zoe appear in random places.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    Death may not be the end in The Lazarus Effect, but it should be.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    You’ve seen this movie before with peppier actors, and not tethered to a visually uninteresting set that looks like a remainder from a 10-year-old episode of CSI.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    Bringing someone back from the dead is one of the horror genre's oldest and most effective tropes, but with The Lazarus Effect, it just seems tired.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    There’s no doubt at all that the schlocky The Lazarus Effect should have been euthanized and shipped directly to video rather than haunting movie theaters, however briefly.

    New York Post Full Review
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