The Relic
The Relic (1997)

This action-packed horror thriller is filled with plenty of violence, gore, and some genuine chills. A gigantic man-eating mutant creature is lurking underneath the city. When human heads with holes chewed into them begin turning up at a… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 10, 1997
DVD Release Date: April 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 32% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

A surprisingly entertaining "monster-on-the-loose" picture set mostly in halls and private passageways of Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A derivative and predictable post-Alien sci-fi horror film.

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Scott Weinberg

A slick, witty, and unexpectedly effective little genre throwback.

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Emanuel Levy

Though based on an original and respected novel, Hyams' horror thriller comes across as a pastiche of the genre's conventions as evident in major pictures of the past two decades, such as Jaws and the first two Alien films.

Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

No doubt the bill for Energizers alone took up a big chunk of this gory clunker's $48-million budget.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A terrific monster movie with an edge. A bloody good time.

Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

Gore seekers need only to know the body count is high and the scares are cheap as director Peter Hyams shares his beast's repellent disregard for human life.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The story comes from a million other movies (mainly Jaws and Alien), and it's completely and totally predictable.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Gory as heck, but still well-crafted monster movie fun.

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Flixster Audience Score: 33% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Peter Hyams The Relic is a pulse pounding, horrifying and highly engrossing monster movie that takes the best elements of the genre and sets them in the most… More
Jens S.
Very decent monster horror thriller that makes the best of its rather silly premise and takes it to a really atmospheric museum exhibition. That's highly… More
Ken Stachnik
The aboslute, complete, middle of the road, starring that chick you cast when you can't get Renee Russo
Dean McKenna
Two thumbs up for a cool mythical beast prowls among the exhibits in this sci-fi/thriller film. Would I call it's an <i>Alien</i> in a museum.… More
Film Crazy
this is probably the worst movie ive seen in ages, preictable, boring and a stupidly unbelieveable storyline! this movie seriously isnt worth the watch!
Lady D'arbanville
After a promising start, this film became dull and in the hope that the storyline would get better I carried on watching until I got so bored I had to switch it… More