Absence Reviews

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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
July 4, 2013
Imagine for a moment what someone like Roman Polanski could do with such a loaded nightmare scenario. And then marvel at how thoroughly it's wasted in this threadbare throwaway ...
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
July 1, 2013
The tension almost immediately leaks out of the narrative once we realize we're watching a found-footage horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 4, 2013
It's been 15 years - can we stop remaking "The Blair Witch Project" already?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 4, 2013
Mundane conversations and outings drag on while the central mystery takes baby steps forward, suggesting that a shorter running time or a more developed script might have better served the originality of the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
July 2, 2013
There are many things absent from this found-footage horror movie, including suspense, logic, and originality.
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
July 11, 2013
There's nothing here the best entries in V/H/S didn't do better in 10 minutes or less, and with the decency to kill off their unbearable protagonists much faster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 3, 2013
Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets The Blair Witch Project. Hair-raising, chilling and riveting. It will scare the living daylights out of you.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.88/10
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
July 3, 2013
The lives of a small-town couple eagerly anticipating the birth of their first child are shattered when they lose the baby under suspicious circumstances in this creepy psychological thriller that plays out very differently than its early scenes suggest.
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