The Autopsy of Jane Doe – Good, Bad & Ugly Review

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85% (Critics) / 72% (Audience)
Directed By: André Øvredal
Written By: Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing
Starring: Emile Hirsch, Brian Cox, Ophelia Lovibond
Studio: IFC Films
Synopsis: A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets. – (Source)


The Good:
Loved the quiet eeriness that made up the majority of this movie. None of the overly crafted jump scares or telegraphed frights that one would expect from a movie like this and what we have usually been given from similar movies.
Also really loved the approach Brian Cox. In a role (and film) that he would have been forgiven for just going through the motions, Mr. Cox brings deft nuance to the role and makes all of the subtext about the relationship between the coroner father and his assistant son come to the forefront without ever having to actually acknowledge it.

The Bad:
Once all the supernatural shenanigans kicked into high gear this movie settled into some pretty routine stock horror tropes that made my enjoyment lessen a bit after being so high on how the movie was presenting itself for the first half or so.

The Ugly:
The ending was really disappointing in the way it went for the predictable schlock horror angle that the horror isn’t over and there is a sequel coming. This movie was so much better than that for much of its running time.

Final Verdict: A movie that spends a majority of its time being surprisingly smart, nuanced and unpredictable but by the homestretch settles into some of the more rote horror cliches. Still when it was avoiding those cliches THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE was really enjoyable and it also featured a wonderful performance by Brian Cox that served to elevate things when necessary.

Grade: B-

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