Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 32
  2. Negative: 7 out of 32
  1. Feels stagy, stiff and entirely unnecessary.
  2. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    What the Hughes brothers have come up with is, to borrow another phrase from that bygone age, a penny dreadful.
  3. 38
    A visionary sort of horror movie should ponder three words: "Bram Stoker's Dracula."
  4. 30
    A brain-dead version of a dark and complex work.
  5. The only note of authenticity in the movie comes from Ian Holm, playing the royal physician. What is this nuanced performance -- at least until the final fireworks -- doing in this twaddle?
  6. 20
    The Hughes boys blow it by burying a fine cast -- Robbie Coltrane as a cop and Ian Holm as a royal sawbones are standouts -- in stock scares, sappy romance and cliches that really are from hell.
  7. Feels razor thin. None of the characters is particularly noteworthy. And the revelations of deep-seated conspiracy in the usual privileged, closed circles are hackneyed and tired.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Mar 25, 2011
    Was this supposed to be a detective film, a thriller, or a horror story? Because it fails at all three at them. Johnny Depp has been miscast into a bland and uninteresting character while all other characters are simply uninteresting to begin with. Not bad, but completely forgettable. Full Review »
  2. Aug 25, 2013
    Watch it!!! Perfect!!!! A masterpiece!!!! It's one of my favourite thrillers!!!! Johnny Depp is always perfect in his movies!!! He has a gift!!!!! He's the best actor in the world! Full Review »
  3. Nov 4, 2013
    From Hell would almost be interesting if it wasn't for the bungled love story, awful accents and empty conclusion. There are a few nice things about this Jack the Ripper flick but overall it's a mess. Full Review »