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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 20
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The Hughes boys blow it by burying a fine cast -- Robbie Coltrane as a cop and Ian Holm as a royal sawbones are standouts -- in stock scares, sappy romance and cliches that really are from hell. show more

  • 75
    Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle

    Mystery skillfully evokes Victorian London's dark depths. show more

  • 50
    Staff [Not Credited] USA Today

    With almost as many subplots as corpses, the movie maintains its mild watchability only because the Ripper saga still engrosses. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ambitious, visually stunning and hugely accomplished. show more

  • 38
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Feels stagy, stiff and entirely unnecessary. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    An amazing physical specimen, beautifully photographed and edited. If you think of it as your own opium dream, you may dismiss the lousy story as a mere side effect. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Gripping and stylish thriller. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie feels dark, clammy and exhilarating -- it's like belonging to a secret club where you can have a lot of fun but might get into trouble. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The movie works well as a straight-out horror yarn, proving that the Hughes Brothers are more versatile than their previous "ghetto pictures" suggest. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Depp gives yet another introspective, slightly mopey performance -- Graham never begins to act (and never has begun, as far as I know). But they're surrounded by an authentic, first-rate English cast. show more

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