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  • Summary: Some say that the field of pathology is a window to God. Pathologists see the perversion and corruption of the flesh by all means unnatural...by violence...by toxin...by madness...to determine the cause of death. As a result they are the experts in all signs of foul play, and the best in the field can uncover all means of killing, even those that are seemingly undetectable. When medical student Ted Gray graduates at the top of his class, he joins one of the nation's most prestigious pathology programs. With talent and determination, Ted is quickly noticed by the program's privileged and elite band of interns, who invite him into their crowd. Intrigued by his new friends, he begins to uncover secrets he never expected and finds that he has unknowingly become a pawn in their dangerous and secret after-hours game at the morgue of who can commit the perfect undetectable murder. As Ted becomes seduced into their wild extracurricular activities, the danger becomes real--and he must stay one step ahead of the game before he is the next victim. (MGM) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Sandy MacDonald
    75
    Even squeamish viewers are apt to be captivated by the tight, credible scripting; these 20-somethings talk and behave like today's irony-clad young sophisticates. And whatever your opinion of the subject matter, you can't fault the filmmaking.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    70
    A nasty, naughty little film, a delightfully disagreeable horror-thriller.
  3. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    70
    When a movie opens with the diner scene from "When Harry Met Sally" as performed by cadavers, and later proceeds to sex scenes involving scalpels and needles, the actual plot is inconsequential. Fans of hard-R exploitation will love this; everyone else will likely be appalled. Screw 'em.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    60
    Like its characters, the picture is too clever for its own good, allowing the meticulously researched scenario to be undone by implausible behavior and gaping plot holes.
  5. 38
    It takes a certain genius to make butchered corpses, sociopathic lunacy and meth-fueled debauchery nerve-scrapingly dull, and German director Marc Schoelermann and screenwriters Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank) possess it.
  6. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    30
    Alyssa Milano is a delight, but her ten to thirteen minutes of screen-time mark her as more of a distraction than substantiation.
  7. A particularly nasty slice of medical-themed horror, Marc Scholermann's film is the sort of thriller in which the tenderest scene depicts an autopsy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. JaredC.
    Apr 17, 2008
    10
    Milo Ventimiglia (of the blockbuster TV series Heroes), headlines this dark crime thriller, which marks the sophomore directorial outing of Marc Schoelermann, following the 2006 telemovie Hexxx. Ventimiglia portrays a young intern, newly arrived at the University Hospital in Philadelphia, who stumbles onto a psychopathic group of colleagues playing a vile game. They regularly select one of their members (on a rotational basis) to commit the "perfect murder," while the rest use forensic methods to try to determine exactly how the homicide was executed. Alyssa Milano (of TV's Who's the Boss? and Charmed) co-stars as Ventimiglia's fiancée, while thesps Johnny Whitworth and Lauren Lee Smith are among the perpetrators. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (of Crank fame) scripted. With its sensational mood, Pathology is one of the most enthralling and compelling films this year, so far. And with that spectacular "David Cronenberg" plot, Pathology scores high momentum in the movie score. From revisiting the frequent 2008 movies, there's not much of a selection, or if you want to go see Prom Night than be my guest. But Pathology was mind-twisting, stomach,gushing, and heart-pounding hothouse gripper. So far, it's bound to win for Best Picture. Highly recommended. Expand
  2. AshleyB.
    Apr 30, 2008
    10
    Great film. Amazing plot. Superb actors. Highly recommended.
  3. RazvyT.
    Jul 16, 2008
    10
    A superb dark thriller starring Milo Ventimiglia as a smart yet confused young doctor pulled into a life of crime and coruption. Made by the creators of Crank, this movie is one of the best movies i?ve seen.It takes a rather original and cruel perspective and it unleashes it in the most violent manner. Great movie. Expand
  4. Aug 25, 2014
    8
    A fast-paced movie that goes right into business without any hesitation.

    The characters seem a little distant and obnoxious, but when
    layers are stripped, their behavior, in a way, gains reason. Not too much, of course, given the idea of the movie, but at the same time it makes you wonder: "why not?". Morality is bounced back and forth in this movie, though never really touched other than from a safe distance.

    The way the world of these young pathologists is displayed is probably kind of surreal; I would assume a little gore and nonchalance is added to the mix to give the desired effect. Nonetheless, this is not the job you talk over on a candle-lit supper after a day at work.

    I watched the movie to see Milo Ventimiglia's performance, and I was not disappointed.

    The emotional level of the characters isn't mind-blowing, but there is some internal struggle to be seen when one looks at the right things. Witty, snobby remarks are thrown back and forth, some of them quite amusing.

    For me, the end of the movie was wonderful. "Serves you right" is what came to mind: next time you're about to do something morally questionable, stop for a moment to think if it's something you would like to be done to yourself - with a little extra, of course, because that's how it works between us people. Karma is a **** they say.
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  5. JB
    Jan 28, 2010
    6
    Why 6? Two reasons: First, that's only a 6 in the Horror genre, which, being genre, is always going to be thin. If you're a Horror fan, it's worth seeing. Second, there aren't enough movies depicting the thin, psychological line tread by medical folks between caring and detachment. The problem with this movie is the scenes supposed to bring the viewer to this conclusion are hamfisted. The most bungled being the easiest to pull off - two buildup scenes where the "hero", already teetering on that edge, is supposed to be disgusted by the inhumanity of humanity. This makes his later descent into over-the-top debauchery seem just exploitative. Could have been so much better, but I think it's worth recognizing their attempt. Expand
  6. JayH.
    Sep 16, 2008
    5
    This is certainly not for the squeamish. It is well made, good photography, nicely edited but it's an unpleasant film with shallow characters. A lot of style, but not much substance. Expand
  7. SM
    Dec 30, 2008
    1
    This movie is only to be watched by guys. Excessively VIOLENT. Not much of twist or interesting ideas.

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