Given the low-budget film's bottle-episode feel, horror fans could've gotten extra mileage out of a disorienting and original psychological treatment.
It's thematically thin but competently made and good for a few scares.
I would have loved to see more from the filmmakers, daring to fail while staking out some new terror incognita instead of just going through the motions of an experiment for which we already have the results.
A grimy, dopey, confused thriller that wastes a very likable cast.
Death may not be the end in The Lazarus Effect, but it should be.
Kevin C. Johnson
"The Lazarus Effect" boasts nothing special. It's not going to provide much relief for horror-starved audiences.
"The Lazarus Effect" is nothing but a cheap horror film cloaked in scientific mumbo-jumbo.
Another cheapie from the producers of "Paranormal Activity." Aims low, but hits its target.
This isn't a real horror movie-this is the kind of horror movie that the characters in a real horror movie watch in order to comment on the lameness of the genre before their authentic terrors begin.