Relic

critic Reviews

93% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score93%
  • Relic ratchets up its slowly building tension in an expertly crafted atmosphere of dread, adding up to an outstanding feature debut for director/co-writer Natalie Erika James.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ty BurrBoston Globe
    "Relic" is an exemplary entry in the New Horror canon, where psychology and atmosphere count for as much as shocks, where the inner wounds of women often take startling external form, and where less is more until the time comes for more to be more.
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    Angelica Jade BastiénNew York Magazine/Vulture
    When it comes to the dimensions of horror within the film, Relic is lacking. It instills dread from the very beginning, but the promise of this mood is never fully realized.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Katie RifeAV Club
    Mortality and the fear of the unknown that comes with it is the foundation of all horror, but rarely is the nature of death explored in as terrifying and tender a fashion as it is in Natalie Erika James' Relic.
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    Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    Relic's finale will shake you for days.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    This is a horror movie with a soul.
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    Luke BuckmasterGuardian
    The beauty of this film... is that you feel it first, and think about it later.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    This movie shook me to my core, and by the time it ended I had to sit in silence pondering its many humanistic layers for several minutes.
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    Justin JonesCBR
    Though Relic doesn't reinvent the family-driven sub-genre of horror, it is one of the purest refinements of it to date. It completely bucks so much of what's expected from typical haunted house movies, and allows the characters breathing room.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    James captures that sense of incremental, irrevocable loss, balancing the uncanny and the intimate in a way rarely seen since Joel Anderson's 2009 funeral march, Lake Mungo.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Natalia KeoganPaste Magazine
    James shows Edna is much more than her senescent body and faltering mind. She affords Edna humanity, even when her actions border on the inhuman, leaving no room for societal repugnance to strip that from her.
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