An American Haunting Reviews

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Michael Szymanski
Hollywood.com
August 23, 2006
This is proof that it doesn't take lots of bloody gore, big special effects or jump-at-you moments to scare jaded audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
May 6, 2006
a cross between "Masterpiece Theater" and "The Exorcist."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 4, 2006
Using alleged 'actual events' as a template, writer-director Courtney Solomon fashions a crafty mystery with a lot of joy-buzzer jolts sliding through its somber mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 3, 2006
Despite flaws and compromises, it's ballsier than The Sixth Sense, less laboured than The Others ...
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
May 3, 2006
Regardless of what you may think of Donald Sutherland, and Sissy Spacek, An American Haunting is yet another light weight PG-13 film that poses rather well as an honest to goodness horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 25, 2006
History comes alive in a tale about the only American certified to have died because of a ghost.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Staci Layne Wilson
Horror.com
December 29, 2005
A solid supernatural suspenser.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
November 11, 2005
Translating a legendary ghost story to the screen, writer-director Courtney Solomon crafts a quality horror piece from strong performances and effects.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 19, 2009
The frights are few and the moment of horrific revelation is a big letdown in writer/director Courtney Solomon's cinematic treatment of Brent Monahan's novel "The Bell Witch: An American Haunting."
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
July 2, 2007
it becomes haunted by the unwelcome presence of heavy-handedness, making it seem more like a busy domestic melodrama (with a ghost) than a truly unnerving chiller.
March 24, 2007
Takes the most documented ghost story in history and doesn't create one truly scary moment.

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Leyland
BBC.com
June 3, 2006
Unoriginal and unrelenting, this gothic ghost story invests too much time in banging doors and billowing drapes and not enough in its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
June 3, 2006
Director Courtney Solomon's script is a catalogue of the standard Exorcist-style special effects, hammered home by Caine Davidson's musical score, one of the most irritating and nerve-wracking assemblies of noise in movie history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
June 3, 2006
Disappointing horror film which fails to generate any suspense or horror and is occasionally downright laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
June 3, 2006
It really is fun to watch yet another oddball turn by Sutherland, and a marginally restrained one from Spacek. It's just not that fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
June 3, 2006
Although [director Solomon] has some great ideas, they are limited, and we are therefore treated to repeats of the same basic scenario over and over again until the effect becomes tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 3, 2006
This allegedly true tale of demonic possession is weighed down by period detail and ponderous storytelling, which soon get the better of its Exorcist-inspired levitations, flying crucifixes and noisy poltergeist activity.
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 3, 2007

Los Angeles Daily News
December 30, 2006
Frank Wilkins
Frank's Reel Reviews
June 3, 2006
Andrew Pulver
Guardian
June 3, 2006
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