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Vivarium Reviews

April 1, 2020
The story comes to a flawless punchline at almost exactly 27 minutes. The snag is that Vivarium has more than an hour still to run...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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March 31, 2020
Domesticity sucks the life out of everyone. But it's thin thematic reward for seeing the wheels behind this performer's eyes grind to a halt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 31, 2020
Poots and Eisenberg, effortlessly empathetic and convincing, have done sterling work here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 31, 2020
Vivarium is an ingenious, relentless sci-fi horror from Irish director Lorcan Finnegan and writer Garret Shanley.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 31, 2020
Vivarium imagines the horror of being trapped inside your own home. What a concept!
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 27, 2020
I was so onboard with this film for a long time. Really interesting setup and really great acting, but it just doesn't go anywhere.
March 27, 2020
There's more hand-me-down genre movie tropes than recognizable human behavior in the new sci-fi/horror hybrid Vivarium.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 27, 2020
The movie demands a willing suspension of disbelief and, for those who can accommodate, it opens a portal into a hellish, allegorical nightmare about the placid myth of suburbia gone wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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March 26, 2020
The conclusion may feel inevitable, but there's enough eccentricity and wit in the premise to carry the film a long way, just so long as it doesn't have an answer for what exactly is happening.
March 26, 2020
A gloomy yet precise parable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 26, 2020
There's a consistent inventiveness - and grim humor - to this treatment of a seemingly well-worn theme.
March 23, 2020
From my semi-quarantined perch, it feels like one very long, very overcooked joke - and I've choked on enough gags this past week and a half to last a lifetime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 26, 2020
Vivarium is a lab-rat experiment of a film, with flat, facetious humour and a single insidious joke maintained and developed with monomaniacal intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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December 11, 2019
We're not mad at you, "Vivarium," we're just disappointed.
July 22, 2019
Through focused storytelling, expansive imagination and some calibrated madness, Vivarium becomes a wild ride within the confines of a nightmarish lifestyle.
May 18, 2019
The movie leaves the audience every bit as numb as the characters are supposed to be.
May 18, 2019
It is a superior genre piece at heart, but elevated by its high-calibre leads Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg, plus a script rich in political and cultural resonance.