YMMV / Splice

  • Applicability: While unlikely to have been intended as that, the movie is sometimes seen as an allegory about keeping pet primates. An incredibly intelligent animal that becomes frustrated into becoming a psychotic mess definitely is the same sad story as many captive chimps not raised by qualified experts.
  • Critical Dissonance: Critics fell in love with Splice, while Joe Popcorn has a more polarizing attitude.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Everyone's evil, with only Elsa and Dren having a semblance of humanity due to the cycle of abuse, which is quickly extinguished thanks to the former's child abuse and the latter's rape. Why should you care?
  • Narm:
    • Elsa walking in on Clive and Dren while they're having sex can come across as a bit more humorous than was likely intended.
    • The disastrous press conference that presents Fred and Ginger to the public gets really over-the-top once the audience gets splattered with their blood.
  • They Copied It, So It Sucks!: The film shares a similar title and basic premise to Species.
  • Squick: What else do you call Male Dren raping Elsa?
  • Ugly Cute: Dren's first ambulatory form looks like human features stretched over a kangaroo rat. Or possibly the cutest Silent Hill monster ever.
  • Uncanny Valley: Dren as a child fell right into this category, what with her eyes on the side of her head, which made her look like a fish. Slightly averted when she got older, but not enough to stop the sex scene between her and Clive from being exceptionally uncomfortable to watch.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Uncanny Valley aside, the special effects that bring Dren to life are this for the most part.
  • What an Idiot!: Considering what it has been capable of, just staying and looking after whacking Dren with rock once, is this, since Clive's death could be avoided.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: When it comes to Nature vs. Nurture, nature won. As for the nurture front, Dren did not choose to be created by two renegade scientists, then kept in a barn as their secret experiment/slash-love child pet.