• Released
  • January 13, 2012
  • R , 1 hr 50 min
  • Art House/Foreign


These characters are at best doodles, and none of the performances are able to tease more depth out of them.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Unintentionally true to its title, The Divide first goes for a similar bleakness (it barely registers as entertainment), then lurches into a rousing, vengeful finale; both sides of the equation add up to less than zero.
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Slant Magazine

By Ed Gonzalez
In Xavier Gens's The Divide, the revolution will not be televised, only the degradation of human civility--and in a mire of clichés more toxic to the mind than the radioactive dust that causes everyone's hair to fall out in the wake of a nuclear explosion.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Valuable life lessons always come at a steep price, and this one is no exception. Sorry, but you'll have to shell out for The Divide and then suffer through its nearly two hours of bloody inanities. Weigh the balance, make your choice.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's doom that we're meant to feel here. And repulsion. I hate to say, but I shrugged.
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By Mark Jenkins
As the loosely aligned band of survivors turns into a pack of sociopathic loners, the only reasonable conclusion is that they were all pretty rotten to begin with.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Relentlessly unpleasant and nihilistic in its approach and execution, The Divide is best appreciated as a virtual instruction manual on how not to behave during a crisis.
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Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
As it is, The Divide is simply noxious for noxiousness's sake. French director Xavier Gens and writers Karl Mueller and Eron Sheean almost seem to take a kind of perverse pride in seeing how far they can go.
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New York Post

The only possible relief from director Xavier Gens' abusively bleak survivalist scenario is how implausible it is.
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New York Observer

By Rex Reed
Expect the dregs for weeks to come, but I can safely say with absolutely no trepidation that it is unlikely to get worse than a lurid, lewd and loathsome shockfest called The Divide.
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28 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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