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The Unborn

Horror . Thriller . Mystery . Drama

A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her.

Actors: Carla Gugino , James Remar , Atticus Shaffer , Jane Alexander , Ethan Cutkosky , Idris Elba , Cam Gigandet , Meagan Good , Gary Oldman , Odette Annable
Directors: David S. Goyer
Country: USA
Release: 2009-01-09
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  • Clark Collis

    Indeed, Goyer has penned many scripts superior to this one (he co-wrote cult gem Dark City), but he does make sure you're never far away from a big "Boo!"

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    I enjoyed the visual effects used to create some hellish creatures and the amusing nods to "The Exorcist" - cranial rotation, even a spooky staircase. But the movie slips in the last act.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Jason Buchanan

    What more could a horror fan ask for than a spook-fest that feels pure in its intentions while taking full advantage of every opportunity to scare us silly?

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    For as long as it forges ahead without explanations, The Unborn works, in its way, as a series of snap-cut gotchas introducing each new contestant in its pageant of cold-sweat set pieces.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    What "The Exorcist" might look like if Madonna rewrote it, this silly fright flick finds college student Casey (Odette Yustman) haunted by a Kabbalistic demon.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Whereas Japanese horror movies have been criticized for not making sense, The Unborn errs on the opposite extreme, coming off all the more ridiculous for over-explaining itself.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    This material is offensive. The film may end with a straight-faced reassurance that "no actual Torah scrolls were destroyed or damaged in the making of this motion picture," but it's perfectly willing to exploit the Holocaust for cheap, weak thrills.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    A laughably bad horror flick.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    What finally undoes the struggle to maintain suspense is Goyer's dialogue, which is consistently hokey.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Glenn Whipp

    Mostly, though, the movie is something of a snooze, a gabby PG-13 horror flick whose most shocking image might be the bored look on Gary Oldman's face as he goes through the motions of playing the rabbi in charge of dispatching the film's damnable demon to somewhere over hell's rainbow.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The film teeters so perilously and routinely at the edge of camp, both with some of its casting choices and some unfortunate dialogue (the repeated warning that "Jumby wants to be born now"), that it's hard to know if Mr. Goyer wants to make us howl with fear or laughter.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Maybe approaching The Unborn as horror is the wrong approach. Perhaps this should be seen as a comedy. It is quite possibly the most egregiously laughable high-profile supernatural tale since Roman Polanski and Johnny Depp impaled themselves on "The Ninth Gate."

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    What darkness the movie achieves comes solely from the lighting.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Michael Ferraro

    This is the sort of film that fails on every single aspect it aims for.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Calling The Unborn a dull, plodding, exposition-crammed slog through a twilight of barely maintained tedium is like calling "Valkyrie" a yawn. It's too easy.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The Unborn joins a growing glut of Holocaust- and Nazi-themed material -- "Valkyrie," "Defiance" - that are long on posturing, suppositions, and righteousness, yet short on moral complexity. Nazism and its crimes have lately inspired theme parks more than actual movies. Too many rides on that roller coaster and I feel sick.

    Boston Globe Full Review
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