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  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    Sizemore ("Heat") and Miller, though saddled with a lot of scientific DNA jargon, are really the only lively people in this dense, gruesome film that stubbornly refuses to break out of its contrived atmosphere. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    All of this is actually a lot of fun, if you like special effects and gore. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    There are moments when The Relic is almost enjoyable, albeit in a visceral sort of way. Unfortunately, when all is said and done, this horror/science fiction amalgamation seems like nothing more ambitious than a bad reworking of elements from Aliens, Species, Jaws, and Predator. show more

  • 25
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    It took four people to write the screenplay for The Relic. All I can say is that I hope these people have not quit their day jobs. show more

  • 80
    Kim Newman Empire

    Unpretentiously and likeable Peter Hyams is one of the few hacks still working at this budget level, and he relishes the chance to make an audience jump, not only with some neat monster effects and a pile of mutilated corpses but also with some subtleties of editing and lighting, plus one of the loudest jump-out-of-your-seat soundtracks in a recent memory. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    There's nothing much new going on here (we feel compelled to point out the resemblance to one of the worst-ever episodes of The X-Files, "Teso Los Bichos"), but it's all slickly done, with the requisite big jumps, false leads, weird science and scary trips down dark corridors. show more

  • 50
    Russell Smith Austin Chronicle

    Much like the DNA-scrambled beast to which the title alludes, this film is a chimerical chop-shop product, consisting mostly of spare parts pulled from Alien, Jurassic Park, and even The Ghost and the Darkness. show more

  • 58
    Ty Burr Entertainment Weekly

    If you can stagger around the plot holes (how'd a Brazilian cargo ship with a dead crew get to Lake Michigan?), the last 30 minutes are pure, dumb monster-movie fun. show more

  • 80
    Stephen Holden The New York Times

    Yes, we've seen it all before. But The Relic proves that the hoariest cliches, when stirred together with enough money, shaken vigorously and artfully lighted, can still make the adrenaline surge. show more

  • 70
    Emanuel Levy Variety

    Still, this strikingly proficient production boasts genuinely scary thrills and first-rate visual and creature effects. show more

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