The Lazarus Effect
The Lazarus Effect (2015)

From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions- producer of THE PURGE, INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchises- THE LAZARUS EFFECT follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) who've achieved… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: February 27, 2015
DVD Release Date: June 16, 2015
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Lazarus Effect has a talented cast and the glimmer of an interesting idea, but wastes it all on insipid characters and dull, recycled plot points.

Lenika Cruz
The Atlantic

Given the low-budget film's bottle-episode feel, horror fans could've gotten extra mileage out of a disorienting and original psychological treatment.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

A grimy, dopey, confused thriller that wastes a very likable cast.

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Nathan Bartlebaugh
The Film Stage

David Gelb's new film is so dependent on the classic standbys of the genre, and so slight in every other regard, that it immediately draws attention to just how creaky they've gotten over the years

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

It's thematically thin but competently made and good for a few scares.

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Simon Abrams
Village Voice

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

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Katherine Monk
Ex-Press.com

Thanks to Duplass's 'regular guy' appeal and Wilde's ability to play the girl-next-door with the same aplomb as possessed siren, The Lazarus Effect proves believable enough to be entertaining but a little too bland to leave much of a scar.

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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Lazarus Effect" boasts nothing special. It's not going to provide much relief for horror-starved audiences.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

The script gets less adventurous as it goes along, slowly shedding every intriguing idea and character detail for an utterly conventional final act.

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Dann Michalski
Olivia Wilde stars in the supernatural horror film The Lazarus Effect. A university study goes horribly wrong when one of the researchers dies in a freak… More
Philip Price
The Lazarus Effect feels like it should be a cheap horror film. It is the end of February, there hasn't been much of a marketing scheme and it tops out at… More
Jarrin Rozenblad
Just entertaining enough not to be boring. It was not scary at all and the story was a little far fetched. It provided a few laughs and that's it.
Christopher Oakley
There have been much better films about scientists pushing the limits and getting disastrous results. But, this film is mostly engaging and has a compact… More