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  • Summary: Rebecca returns to settle in her late grandfather's house. She seeks out childhood friend Tommy, now a university student living on his
    own. Their reunion is marked by a strong mutual attraction. As they get to know one another better, Rebecca discovers that Tommy has harbored deep feelings
    for her too since their time together as children. But their passionate relationship is short-lived when Tommy is killed in a freak car accident. Devastated, Rebecca feels that life cannot go on without Tommy. She turns to the controversial "Department of Genetic Replication" for an option. Although wary of the potential repercussions, Tommy's parents reluctantly agree to supply Rebecca with the necessary DNA sample for her to bear a new Tommy in her womb. (Olive Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Mar 30, 2012
    You are unlikely to see a movie about incest made as sensitively and tastefully as Womb. And although the characters speak English, the film is firmly anchored in European sensibilities, thanks to its Hungarian director, Benedek Fliegauf.
  2. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Mar 27, 2012
    Its quietly unsettling storytelling, precision visuals and almost mythical isolated setting all feel Hungarian to the core.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 30, 2012
    An incestuous payoff might be expected, given the casting of Green; she first attracted widespread attention in Bertolucci's "The Dreamers," as a young woman who is unusually close to her brother. But whatever happens, Womb is more melancholy than erotic.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Mar 27, 2012
    The glacial pace is only quickened for seconds at a time with evocative ideas and hints of satire.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 29, 2012
    If the 20-odd seconds of blank screen squatting pointlessly amid the opening credits aren't enough warning that you're in for some seriously sluggish storytelling, then the adoption of a snail as one of the central motifs should drive the point home.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 27, 2012
    Green was meant for quick-witted comedy. Unfortunately, she's becoming a mainstay of painfully sincere slogs.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Mar 28, 2012
    Too abstract to suggest a coherent moral lesson, but too remote to foster a satisfying emotional connection, Womb feels barren, an attempt to do too much that ultimately does very little.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. Nov 4, 2012
    My biggest complaint is that It is at times painfully slow. Still, it's a deftly-shot film with an intriguing premise and a great, subtle performance from Eva Green. Expand
  2. Nov 19, 2012
    I know this is not a film that everyone will like; the slow pacing and the fact it
  3. Aug 22, 2012

    "Womb written and directed by Fliegauf Benedek is an
    artistic sci-fi about a woman who gives birth to her dead love, it Expand
  4. SNS
    Nov 14, 2013
    A film which could have been good if not for some strange behavior from characters and some (oddly) bad acting from Matt Smith. I put the blame on the Director who obviously gave bad direction in scenes.

    For instance, the scene where he grabs her by the neck and throws her onto the bed is completely out of character for Tommy. Even his recent discovery of the "truth" doesn't justify it and then everything from that point onwards simply makes no sense.
  5. Jun 28, 2012
    The sci-fi undertones of the film is its best feature. Trouble is, they are very seldom seen and the movie seems more interested in scenery than plot or character and the pacing seems to move at the speed of a bowel movement made by my 72-year-old grandfather. Eva Green doesn't necessarily deliver a bad performance. It more so feels like she doesn't give one at all, as there is no script for her to develop from. However, the performance given by the actor who played Greens love interest, who is killed and then cloned and re-birthed by Green, isn't good at all. The movie is so slow and quiet, and his performance so odd, that at one point randomly in the film he bangs on the table angrily for a good minute or so and then just leaves the room - which I found hilarious. In the end, you'll feel like you just spent the last two-so-hours enjoying foggy images of the English coast than actually watching a movie, which throws out an interesting and potentially thought provoking premise and says absolutely nothing on the subject within its long durations of silence. Expand
  6. May 21, 2012
    Spare yourself this awful crap. There are millions of ways to spend 111 minutes that would be far more enjoyable. Like colonoscopy, or root canal. If you insist on watching anyway, be sure there are fresh batteries in the remote. Fast forward will be your only savior. Expand