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

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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: 15% 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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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

The Lazarus Effect merely coasts by on a very thin script that is really just a placeholder to get to what is obviously its larger purpose: to frighten the audience so much that we forget that we're watching a bad movie.

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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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Kim Newman
Electric Sheep

A decent, well-made, small-scale genre film with a great cast of on-the-cusp players, The Lazarus Effect begins as a modern-day spin on Frankensteinian mad science, but segues into more demonic matters.

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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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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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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
Jesse Ortega
This isn't really a horror film, at least for slightly over half of it. There are definitely some hints at some interesting themes that the film… 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.
Stephen Skudlarek
Meh. Not the worst horror film I've seen but not very good either. I'm not going to lie, this film had some serious potential...could've been… More
Brendan Nicholls
very slow and not scary, this is one of those experimenting on your own member things. Producer Jason Blum has a great success rate but most of these films are… More
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