The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) No Spoiler Review

An Average Movie-Goer’s Review

No spoilers! If you would like spoilers – check out the Spoiler post

I love horror movies and if I’m going to watch them anyway, why not write an entertaining/funny review from the POV of an average movie-goer and not a professional critic.

Today we’re looking at 2016’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe

A father and son coroner team begin experiencing terrifying supernatural events when performing their latest autopsy on a mysterious Jane Doe.

Is The Autopsy of Jane Doe Scary?

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is TENSE. While there aren’t many jump scares, the film is a great showcase of building up suspense and intertwining it with an interesting mystery that will give you chills.

The film is also pretty gory but not in the 80s slasher sense, it’s a film about an autopsy and it doesn’t shy away from showing that process. So if you don’t like seeing a person flayed open, you might want to turn away at specific points of the film.

Overall you’ll leave The Autopsy of Jane Doe feeling a bit scared but mainly of old songs that randomly start playing on the radio.

No Spoiler Review:

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is great. The acting is top notch which is a good thing since there are really only three characters with lines in the movie.

But the best part about the film is the amount of tension you’ll feel watching it. It does a brilliant job of putting you on the edge of your seat for two reasons. One, every scene builds on the tension and suspense created by the last, and two the cause of Jane Doe’s death is a genuinely intriguing mystery. 

Does the movie dip in quality once the mystery is solved? A bit and I mean a tiny bit especially since it’s at the very end when the pieces are put together. One criticism I had was the need for the film to overexplain what was happening at the end. Sure there’s a huge mystery at work but leave some stuff for the audience to figure out.

Character-wise, one of the characters experiences growth that doesn’t actually feel earned. While it was a good moment, after it happens, you’re just thinking “Okay… anyway.”

Either way, these small nitpicks won’t ruin your enjoyment of a genuinely good horror movie. I highly recommend giving The Autopsy of Jane Doe a watch.


Stuff to Ignore

Rotten Tomatoes – 86%

Metacritic – 65

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