Relic

critic Reviews

, 91% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • 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
    Stephen A. RussellTime Out
    ans of The Shining and Hereditary will appreciate Relic's fusion of fraught family drama with haunted house creeper that hinges on powerful performances by Emily Mortimer, Robyn Nevin and Bella Heathcote.
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    Bill GoodykoontzArizona Republic
    This is a horror film... but it's also a heartbreaking meditation on watching someone you love slip away, until they aren't who they were anymore.
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    Justin ChangNPR
    A disturbing and ultimately devastating movie about what it means to love someone unconditionally, even when they've lost the power to love you back.
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Peter RainerFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It starts well, but then they paint themselves into a corner and don't know how to resolve the mystery.
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    Claudia PuigFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I particularly like it as a parable about dementia... It falls apart a little bit in the final act, but there's this creepy, eerie stylishness about it and a mounting sense of dread that I appreciated.
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    Leah GreenblattEntertainment Weekly
    A sinister slow-blooming portrait of domestic horror.
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    Matt RodgersFlickering Myth
    As well as heralding a major talent in Natalie Erika James, Relic is a disarming horror story that'll get beneath your skin in the best and worst possible ways.
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    Lisa Giles-KeddieHeyUGuys
    Relic is true fright fest thanks to intelligent storytelling and extraordinary special effects that effortlessly blend reality and fiction.
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    Víctor López G.Espinof
    A notable horror turning the mundane into the truly terrifying. [Full Review in Spanish]
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  • , Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Kelechi EhenuloConfessions From A Geek Mind
    As feature-length debuts go, Natalie Erika James weaves together an ambitious project with a strong eye for thematic context. But missed opportunities means not all its concept hits the mark.
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