[An] exuberantly creepy mash-up of Jewish folklore, J-horror atmospherics, and demonic possession boilerplate.
Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader, 2010-01-05
Goyer has penned many scripts superior to this one, but he does make sure you're never far away from a big 'Boo!'
Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly, 2009-01-14
The Unborn is a baby-sitter horror flick (it's for and about them) with classic creep-out elements that unite in a surprisingly engrossing story.
Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2009-01-09
David S Goyer's non-kosher riff on 'The Exorcist' is stillborn,
Nigel Floyd, Time Out, 2009-02-27
Filmed in Chicago but universal in its lameness...The Unborn is the story of a dybbuk who makes trouble for the skinny North Shore college girl played by Odette Yustman, who's always out jogging when she should be considering a sandwich.
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2009-01-09
A laughably bad horror flick involving demonic possession, concentration camps and torturous genetic experiments.
Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2009-01-09
This is where many a horror movie falls and never again rises: too much exposition.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2009-01-09
The movie's not very good, but there are ideas, good and bad, in its execution that are worth mulling over.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel, 2009-01-09
What darkness the movie achieves comes solely from the lighting.
Keith Phipps, AV Club, 2009-01-09
Before long, the connective tissue between scares starts to call attention to its own preposterousness.
Peter Debruge, Variety, 2009-01-09
Unless we trudge up the aisle prematurely, we're stuck there, with nothing to do but count Oldman's changing accents or mourn that this is the best gig actresses like Alexander or Gugino can get.
Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2009-01-09
At least writer/director David S. Goyer had the sense to boost these generic proceedings with pros like Alexander, Oldman, Elba and Carla Gugino, who plays Casey's mother in a series of embarrassing flashbacks.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2009-01-09
Laughable horror flick made from an unstable solution of Jewish mysticism, Nazi evil and an otherworldly demon.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, 2009-01-09
The film teeters so perilously and routinely at the edge of camp, both with some of its casting choices and some unfortunate dialogue...that it's hard to know if Mr. Goyer wants to make us howl with fear or laughter.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 2009-01-09
If the use of Nazi atrocities as a MacGuffin for cheap thrills offends you, The Unborn isn't your movie. If, however, you appreciate the sight of a half-naked beauty being terrorized by potato bugs, look no further.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2009-01-08
Well, there are some effective scares here, and you'll laugh at yourself afterward just for jumping and squealing like a little girl. But other images and pieces of dialogue are just as hilarious -- and that probably wasn't their intention.
Christy Lemire, Associated Press, 2009-01-07
The Unborn is one of those movies evidently conceived by digging a Dungeons & Dragons Fiend Folio out of storage to find, resurrect, and rebrand some long-forgotten bugaboo.
Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice, 2009-01-06