Depraved

critic Reviews

87% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score87%
  • A thrillingly effective update on a classic story, Depraved jolts a familiar monster back to life with a potent blend of timely themes and old-school chills.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Simon AbramsRogerEbert.com
    Depraved may not take you anywhere that you haven't been before, but it might leave you with a renewed appreciation for Shelley's mythic story.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Kimber MyersLos Angeles Times
    "Depraved" is smart in its commentary on everything from the evils of the pharmaceuticals industry to the terrors of PTSD, but there's real heart and empathy here too.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    John DeForeHollywood Reporter
    [A] film that is serious but not pretentious, working best when it stays in the laboratory. It will be welcomed by the director's fans, and may expand that number somewhat in its limited theatrical release.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    William BibbianiTheWrap
    The film moves Mary Shelley's story two centuries into the future, and all it's got to add is that the guys who robbed graves and played god would, if they were alive today, be immature jerks.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    John AndersonWall Street Journal
    It puts a punctuation mark on the mythos and epic that Mary Shelley conjured up, and on which Mr. Fessenden puts such a delightfully gritty, sometimes gruesome spin.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Jeannette CatsoulisNew York Times
    The movie has an unexpected poignancy: At the end of the day, it seems, all a monster really wants is a girl of his own.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Alexandra Heller-NicholasThe Blue Lenses
    A tragedy as much as a horror film, Depraved is a contemporary love letter to Mary Shelly's legacy
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Andrew WyattThe Lens
    A solid, creepy, and occasionally rewarding work of low-fi horror, but it struggles to find something novel in the Frankenstein story.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Alan ZilbermanWashington City Paper
    It injects new life into a story that is essential to horror's DNA.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Kiko MartinezSan Antonio Current
    While Fessenden's take on Frankenstein explores a handful of interesting ideas in the first hour about technology, mortality, morality and man's natural ability to cause destruction, Depraved backpedals into cliché storytelling in the third act.
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