(2014)

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80
With admirable economy, writer-director Billy Senese has crafted an eerie piece that's as much an effective cautionary tale as it is a stirring film of ideas - and ideals.
75
Don't expect profundities on the ethics of cloning. And don't expect Oscar-worthy acting. Senese's accomplishment - and it's done with a certain restraint - is to replicate the look and feel of '70s horror films, which had become more assaultive on audience sensibilities than their predecessors, breaking taboos and borrowing techniques from exploitation films.
63
Students of sound design and horror-movie scores should see - or hear - Closer to God, which elicits more creepy scares than its transparent plot warrants, thanks to an unsettling audio mix and pulsing, percolating music from Thomas Nöla.
60
The drama plays out as expected - the ending, particularly, seems too pat - but offers several well-executed moments of tension along the way.
50
The New York Times
Having painted Victor as a transgressive offender, Mr. Senese backpedals furiously with a coda asserting the potential rewards of genetic manipulation. It isn't convincing.
50
The result is ultimately admirable more for what it resists - the usual sci-fi horror exploitation cliches - than for the watchable yet somewhat underwhelming impact of a narrative that feels perhaps a little too reined-in for its own good.
50
The end result suggests Re-Animator as told through an airless CNN report.
40
The writer/director deserves credit for his comparatively low-key approach to the potentially exploitative material, but much like the infant baby at its center, the film seems artificially cobbled-together.

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