• R, 1 hr. 31 min.
  • Horror, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jon Wright
    In Theaters:
    May 22, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 31, 2010
  • Pathé Distribution


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Tormented Reviews

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Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

Under-exploring the big reveal of the murderer and dragging the set plays out a little too long, Tormented's early promise fails to pull home.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 2/5

April 15, 2010
Limara Salt
Little White Lies

Any good horror film needs not only blood spattered deaths aplenty but a good murderer too. Tormented fails that test.

| Original Score: 2/5

May 22, 2009
Peter Sobczynski

By the end, "Tormented" is such a listless take on a potentially interesting idea that it feels like its own remake.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com

November 6, 2009
Anthony Quinn

It's sort of Grange Hill meets Friday the 13th, with Stephen Prentice's script going for laughs and larks amid the slaughter.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

May 22, 2009
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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Solid storytelling, attractive cast and modish updates are let down by a lack of scares and jokes. IMHO not gr8, don't xpkt to LOL.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

May 22, 2009

Terrible dialogue, even worse acting and, crucially, a fatal lack of inventive over-the-top blood-letting, never mind things like actual scares or tension.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 1/5

May 22, 2009
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]

The qualitative bar for execrable homegrown comedy-horror was recently set at ground level by Lesbian Vampire Killers, here is a movie so inept and ill-conceived that it manages to scrape a place for itself directly below that particular abomination.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

May 22, 2009
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

It's pacily directed by Jon Wright, but Stephen Prentice's script is clichéd and unsophisticated, with characters too young to have seen Scream and probably too dumb to understand it.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

May 22, 2009

Irish Times

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 22, 2009

Sun Online

Writer Stephen Prentice has simply copied American high school slashers. It is the kind of plagiarism which normally deserves to fail.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 2/5

May 22, 2009
Lara Martin
Digital Spy

What Tormented lacks in US gloss and glamour it more than matches in escapist fun, making it an enjoyable, if forgettable, ride.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

May 22, 2009
Gareth Bebb
Daily Express

Too crudely plotted to be genuinely scary, Tormented has a sick humour that should endear it to horror fans.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

May 22, 2009
Rosie Fletcher
SFX Magazine

A smart, competent horror-com that's easily a match for its US counterparts.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 27, 2009
Charles Gant
Heat Magazine

Skins plus multiple slayings equals fun times, best enjoyed while mildly inebriated.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2009
Robbie Collin
News of the World

Tormented deserves a thumbs- up for its top young cast, its willingness to try something different, and for delivering a slew of fun, if hugely unfrightening, moments. So well done for, er, having a stab.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 3/5

May 22, 2009
Karl French
Financial Times

Tormented is a neat, stylish British horror film which, while not quite as resonant as last year's Eden Lake, still packs a punch.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 22, 2009
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

Tormented works so successfully. The laughs are funny, the scares genuine, and the flashbacks to Darren's caught on camera torture all too believable.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

May 22, 2009
Ellen E Jones
Total Film

A slasher for the Twitter generation, Tormented catches the spirit of the times without being too try-hard. Quips and snogging take precedence over scares, but its commentary on new technology's power to intimidate is chillingly apt.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

May 22, 2009
Edward Porter
Times [UK]

Jon Wright's film delivers its shocks as efficiently as the average American equivalent. Its British jokiness makes it less scary than it perhaps could have been, but it gains more from this trade-off than it loses.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

May 28, 2009
Matt Glasby

A for effort, C for artistry, this wayward teen of a movie is confusing, amusing and scary - a bit like school itself.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

May 22, 2009
Mark Kermode
BBC Radio Five Live
April 4, 2011
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