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The true-life horror story of Jack the Ripper gets a new spin in this screen adaptation of the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell. In 1888, a ruthless and cold-blooded killer begins hunting prostitutes in East London, and while the murderer's work is savage, the mutilation of his victims suggests the fiend has an extensive medical background. Amidst a background of political unrest and barely contained scandal among the royal family, the murderer's grisly exploits shock and frighten all of England, and one of Scotland Yard's top inspectors, Fred Abberline… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Anyone expecting the combo of Allen and Albert Hughes and the famed Victorian serial-killer to result in a gritty, stygian, skin-crawling horror movie will be severely disappointed"
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"The Hughes boys blow it by burying a fine cast ... in stock scares, sappy romance and cliches that really are from hell."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Every generation gets the Ripper who best fulfills its fantasies, and ours fatten on vast conspiracies."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The problem with this film is that Jack the Ripper takes a backseat to the dull and terrible romance between Depp's policeman character and Heather Graham's prostitute character."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Without a script on which to hang their vision, the brothers can only technically succeed. And, for better or worse, they do."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"This wry, atmospheric procedural spawned by a real mystery would be thorny enough without also being an adaptation."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"The only thrill, if you can call it that, is waiting to see who gets sliced up next."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Gruesome, predictable Jack the Ripper retelling."
‑ Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
"See it for the stunning visuals and Depp's performance rather than a factual re-telling -- if you can stomach it."
‑ Stacie Hougland,
"This is a film that should probably go back where it came from."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Fitfully arresting late night entertainment."
‑ , Time Out
"It has the lush decrepitude of an autumn compost heap or an old Hammer werewolf flick."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Moore might not be merrier, but this is far from offal."
‑ , Film4
"Somehow, the movie taps into the book's uncanny implication that the very air is charged with malevolent ancient spirits..."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"A disappointingly conventional thriller from the Hughes brothers (Menace II Society still their best film by far), neither chilling enough as a horror flick nor compelling as a character study; one of Johnny Depp's few mediocre performances"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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