The Dead Center

critic Reviews

94% Fresh Tomatometer Score94%
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Eve SullivanFilm Inquiry
    As riveting as it is fresh it's a slow and dreadful burn that, despite its detrimentally short run-time, manages to be one of the more intriguing, effective indie thrillers as of recent memory.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Mediocrely entertaining and repetitive in the procedures, The Dead Center lacks guts and never coheres into something special.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Alan JonesRadio Times
    [Billy Senese's] second feature feels exceptionally authentic - no trace of medical soap operatics here - and is well played by a roster of newcomers, allowing it to build to a genuinely impressive clinical crescendo.
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    Matt FagerholmRogerEbert.com
    For pleasing pre-Halloween viewing, you could do a whole lot worse than The Dead Center. Just don't expect too many nightmares afterward.
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    Dennis HarveyVariety
    There's a lot of excellent atmospherics here that are more unsettling than the actual violence, which in turn is all the more effective for largely being kept just off-screen.
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    Frank ScheckHollywood Reporter
    Makes hospitals seem even scarier than they already are.
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    Jason ShawhanNashville Scene
    "There's an unknowable boundary around the human experience, and if you pass beyond that boundary, you are quite simply fucked."
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Sherilyn ConnellySF Weekly
    [Billy] Senese... makes great use of the sound design, and glitchy visuals which are unnerving without resorting to cheap jump scares. But most importantly, The Dead Center gives us more [Shane] Carruth, and he brings the film to life.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Cary DarlingHouston Chronicle
    Director/writer Billy Senese didn't have a ton of money to work with but "The Dead Center" wisely eschews gore and special effects in favor of setting a dark, malevolent mood.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Chuck BowenSlant Magazine
    The film is in tune with the need to remain lucid and empathetic while in the maw of human extremity.
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