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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"It's simply the best, funniest Grand Guignol horror picture to come along in ages."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Pic has a grisly sense of humor, and sometimes is so gross and over the top the film tips over into a bizarre comedy."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A ground-breaking horror/black comedy that reintroduced HP Lovecraft to a new generation, and set a new level as to how far on-screen outrageousness could go."
‑ Keith Bailey, Radio Times
"A gross-out slapsticker to rival The Evil Dead."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"It's so politically incorrect that there is no way anyone would be able to make it today."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Oh, those crazy doctors, when will they ever learn to stop messing around with the natural order of life and death?"
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"The injection of humour into HP Lovecraft's 1922 tale is what saves this splatterfest from being mere fodder for gorehounds."
‑ Nicholas Royle, Time Out
"Because Re-Animator is so poorly acted and directed (by Stuart Gordon, whose first film this is), there is no tension to break. So the gruesome scenes are just clinical and dull."
‑ Bill Kelley, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"It's no match for The Evil Dead, but as far as tongue-in-bloody-cheek gorefests go, this update of the H.P. Lovecraft tale is a lot of fun, and it easily earns its cult status."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's sweet when a classic lives up to its legend, isn't it?"
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's this kind of flat-footed stuff that gives garbage a bad name."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"All of this, ingenious as it may be and much as it will redound to Mr. Gordon's credit in hard-core horror circles, is absolutely to be avoided by anyone not in the mood for a major bloodbath."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"I definitely see its appeal and influence. It's tasteless, shameless, and nasty. And I mean that in the most positive way."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Thumpingly good gore-fest."
‑ , Film4
"This is one of the greatest films ever made. Period. It's outrageous, erotic, gory, jaw-dropping, genre-busting ,shocking, and altogether exhilarating filmmaking."
‑ Brian Holcomb, PopMatters
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