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New Lazarus Effect movie got mostly negative reviews from top critics. Relativity released their new horror/thriller flick, “The Lazarus Effect,” into theaters this weekend, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that it didn’t quite resonate with them too well as they gave it an overall low 33 score out of a possible 100 across 24 reviews at

The movie stars: Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters and Donald Glover. We’ve supplied you with some blurbs from a few critics,below.

James Rocchi from TheWrap, gave it a nice 80 score, saying: “The Lazarus Effect is a smart, unsubtle chiller that should leave even a dedicated horror fan shaken and spooked from its opening scene’s revelations to its final scene’s implications.”

Gary Goldstein from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a solid 70 grade. He said: ” Director David Gelb, switching gears from his fine 2011 documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” keeps the mayhem moving briskly as an effective host of obstacles pile up in the script by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater.”

Claudia Puig over at USA Today, gave it a 63 grade, stating: ” With its homages to “Frankenstein,” “The Exorcist” and “The Shining,” director David Gelb’s The Lazarus Effect is at least smarter and tenser than last year’s crop of tame horror films.”

Keith Staskiewicz from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 42 grade. He stated: ” I would have loved to see more from the filmmakers, daring to fail while staking out some new terror incognita instead of just going through the motions of an experiment for which we already have the results.”

Joe Neumaier from the New York Daily News, gave it a 40 score, saying: “Forget the minor, derivative scares in The Lazarus Effect. The real jolt here is seeing a well-known name playing a monstrous evil force.”

Geoff Berkshire from Variety , gave it a 30 grade, claiming: “Lazarus” shamelessly steals from superior genre efforts and lacks any distinguishing traits beyond a wildly overqualified cast.”

Ben Kenigsberg over at The New York Times, gave it a 30 score. He said: ” Despite eclectic casting and occasional experiments with objective camera, the director, David Gelb (“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”), can’t breathe similar life into this risible mix of pseudoscientific hokum and supernatural freakouts.”

Frank Scheck from The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 30 score, saying: “The screenplay by Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater begins promisingly enough with its slow-burn examination of the various moral issues involved. But once Zoe is resuscitated the proceedings descend into familiar horror film film tropes.”

Peter Sobczynski at , gave it a 25 grade, stating: “This isn’t a real horror movie — this is the kind of horror movie that the characters in a real horror movie watch in order to comment on the lameness of the genre before their authentic terrors begin.”

Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 25 score. He stated: ” The Lazarus Effect is not the usual mindless thriller, but it’s as flat as an open soda from last week, with dull characters and virtually every scene taking place in a single location. It looks as if it cost about 12 bucks to make — and somebody got robbed.”

Michael O’Sullivan over at the Washington Post, gave it a 25 as well. He said: “Despite classy lead performances by Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde, the movie, from horror factory Blumhouse (known for cranking out sequels in the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, among others), relies too heavily on reanimated monster movie cliches and scientific gibberish to keep it alive.”

Lastly, Lou Lumerick from the New York Post, gave it the worst possible “0” score! He said: “There’s no doubt at all that the schlocky The Lazarus Effect should have been euthanized and shipped directly to video rather than haunting movie theaters, however briefly.” Stay tuned. Follow us on Facebook by Clicking Here. Follow us on Google Plus by Clicking Here. Follow us on Twitter by Clicking Here.

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