The Stepfather Reviews

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James Rocchi
Common Sense Media
December 19, 2010
Horror remake has more tension than blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
December 11, 2009
If the movie's attic-bound climax is a little predictable and the plot holes rather gaping, The Stepfather, unlike many of its more prestigious A-class competitors, is never less than entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
December 11, 2009
It's all very silly, but effective popcorn entertainment.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
October 22, 2009
The Stepfather is, finally, only as good as its stepfather -- and Dylan Walsh ain't bad.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2009
The Stepfather is that rarity, an effective remake of a screen classic that can stand alone on its own considerable merits.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 18, 2009
I didn't think anyone could match Terry O'Quinn's riveting performance in the 1987 film, but Dylan Walsh nails the title role in this remake.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 16, 2009
The original was a no-frills, psychology-based affair that got most of its juice from the conflict between the dad and his suspicious stepdaughter, but the new one is needlessly complicated and more overt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
What a shame that the remake fell into the unwieldy hands of the same jokers responsible for last year's execrable Prom Night redo.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Perri Nemiroff
August 12, 2010
The genre has diverged into two paths: the brutally gruesome and the suspenseful. This is going for the latter, which would have been fine if it were in fact thrilling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 15, 2010
Any subtlety or implicit social satire to be found in Joseph Ruben's original went out with the last neighborhood trash pickup. Too bad the service was canceled before it could haul away this waste-of-time remake. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Derek Malcolm
This is London
December 11, 2009
There's mayhem all over the place and not a policeman, or much logic, in sight. Watchable nonsense, with performances better than the story deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Empire Magazine
December 11, 2009
Cliché-ridden and full of plot-holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
December 11, 2009
Not so much a contemporary re-make of Joseph Ruben's 1987 psychological thriller as a lobotomised bastard step-child: over-plotted, over-long, and stripped of the original's sharp, satirical subversion of suburban family values.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Daily Telegraph
December 11, 2009
Nelson McCormick is ridiculously lax with inventive or plausible staging: it's the kind of movie where a door can't open without thunderclaps and the bad guy flinging himself into the frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
December 11, 2009
The Stepfather is full of unintentional laughs, shameless plot contrivances and cheap scare tactics, but this adds to the fun once you've tapped into the risible nature of the production.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rosamund Witcher
Heat Magazine
December 11, 2009
Lazy, predictable and seriously lacking in shocks.
| Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
December 11, 2009
This rehash - toned (and dumbed) down for adolescent audiences by the director responsible for taking the slash out of Prom Night - provides thin gruel.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Total Film
December 11, 2009
Mercilessly talky and deathly dull, this bloodless, sex-less misfire plays more like a housewife-baiting telemovie than the taut, teen-centric psycho-thriller it's supposed to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
December 11, 2009
McCormick's lacklustre reboot is just another indistinguishable psycho thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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