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  • Summary: Casey Bell hated her mother for leaving her as a child. But when inexplicable things start to happen, Casey begins to understand why she left. Plagued by merciless dreams and a tortured ghost that haunts her waking hours, she must turn to the only spiritual advisor, Sendak, who can make it stop. With Sendak's help, Casey uncovers the source of a family curse dating back to Nazi Germany—a creature with the ability to inhabit anyone or anything that is getting stronger with each possession. With the curse unleashed, her only chance at survival is to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born. (Universal Pictures)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    67
    Indeed, Goyer has penned many scripts superior to this one (he co-wrote cult gem Dark City), but he does make sure you're never far away from a big "Boo!"
  2. Reviewed by: Jason Buchanan
    63
    What more could a horror fan ask for than a spook-fest that feels pure in its intentions while taking full advantage of every opportunity to scare us silly?
  3. What "The Exorcist" might look like if Madonna rewrote it, this silly fright flick finds college student Casey (Odette Yustman) haunted by a Kabbalistic demon.
  4. The film teeters so perilously and routinely at the edge of camp, both with some of its casting choices and some unfortunate dialogue (the repeated warning that "Jumby wants to be born now"), that it's hard to know if Mr. Goyer wants to make us howl with fear or laughter.
  5. What finally undoes the struggle to maintain suspense is Goyer's dialogue, which is consistently hokey.
  6. 25
    What darkness the movie achieves comes solely from the lighting.
  7. 12
    The Unborn joins a growing glut of Holocaust- and Nazi-themed material -- "Valkyrie," "Defiance" - that are long on posturing, suppositions, and righteousness, yet short on moral complexity. Nazism and its crimes have lately inspired theme parks more than actual movies. Too many rides on that roller coaster and I feel sick.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 6 out of 10
  1. Nov 15, 2011
    6
    THE UNBORN is a violent, entertaining and fun horror flick that keeps you watching through-out it's fast-paced storyline.
  2. Feb 25, 2012
    5
    The simulacrum created in the film is not bad. The exposition of the film tries to confuse audience or make the story looks more complicated, but at the end of the film it shows a poor resolution without proper linkage to the start. Expand

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