The Unborn
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Blade II and Batman Begins scribe David S. Goyer writes and directs this supernatural thriller about a 19-year-old girl (Odette Yustman) haunted by a "dybbuk" (a malevolent wandering soul of Jewish folklore) that was once a young boy ruthlessly slaughtered in Auschwitz. Casey Beldon (Yustman) was just a young girl when her mother vanished out of her life. And though Casey has never forgiven her mother for abandoning their family, she begins to understand why when a tortured ghost begins stalking her by day, and horrific nightmares make her scared of falling asleep at night. Hoping… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

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"[An] exuberantly creepy mash-up of Jewish folklore, J-horror atmospherics, and demonic possession boilerplate."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"Filmed in Chicago but universal in its lameness...The Unborn is the story of a dybbuk who makes trouble for the skinny North Shore college girl played by Odette Yustman, who's always out jogging when she should be considering a sandwich."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"I kept hoping Oldman would revert to his Sid & Nancy punk persona and kick the little freak in the yarbles like some pain-deserving Springsteen fan, but no such luck."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"The Unborn is packed full of grisly images and effects, but its apparent attempts to be some kind of Jewish take on The Exorcist fail miserably."
‑ Anne Wollenberg, Filmstar Magazine
"What The Unborn represents manages to be a thousand times more disturbing than anything Goyer captured with his pen or camera"
‑ Jordan Hiller,
"David S Goyer's non-kosher riff on 'The Exorcist' is stillborn,"
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"A laughably bad horror flick involving demonic possession, concentration camps and torturous genetic experiments."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Unoriginal, unbelievable, utterly unwatchable."
‑ Ali Gray,
"The best that can be said for Goyer's latest is that it's competent. How competent is a matter of debate, as is the degree to which Goyer is self-aware about the film's camp value. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"There is a senseless scare every 5-7 minutes. Now, after one or two you start to get the giggles but after the third or fourth false scare you begin to Laugh Out Loud."
‑ Brian Holcomb,
"Goyer has penned many scripts superior to this one, but he does make sure you're never far away from a big 'Boo!'"
‑ Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly
"This is where many a horror movie falls and never again rises: too much exposition."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Smoking-hot heroine. Clever paranormal premise. Painfully clueless conclusion."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"Should have been aborted."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"...boasts few attributes designed to initially capture the viewer's interest..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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